Mary's Place

A web page about the life of a lady who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Location: Piedmont, Oklahoma, United States

I live in Piedmont, OK, with my Husband of 50 years who has been very supportive. We have 2 sons,David and Kenny, 6 grandkids, and 6 great grandkids. I enjoy feeding and watching the birds and squirrels. Before I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I ran a Licensed Day Care Home for Infants for 15 years. I noticed I wasn't able to remember important things and having problems with my speech. I was experiencing severe headaches. I would get lost. I didn't know how to use the computer. At the age of 55, I told my doctor. I was sent for an MRI. which showed a large amount of shrinkage. I went to a neurologist who sent me for two days of testing. I was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer's type. My husband and I were both in shock. I had to give up my job. I went to see a social worker. I've taken Aricept for 11 years. I can now use the computer and even do this web page. I also host a chat room for dementia patients. This is a very lonely disease. I don't want anyone to feel as lonely as I did when I was diagnosed (I thought I was the only one over 50 that had Alzheimer's). In 2006 I started taking Namenda. Also I was told I have a mixed dementia, Alzheimer's/Vascular.

Monday, January 09, 2006

We had a wonderful visit as usual with Alfred and Martha last night. The dessert was strawberry cheesecake and it was yummy… I did laundry and hosted chat… Kathy called and invited us up for supper tonight. She is fixing a beef roast… We had temperatures in the 70’s over the weekend and today it is very cold in the 40’s and we are under a snow advisory… Dave took our motor home to the Air Conditioner shop today. The vacuum pump went bad while we were in Texas on our last trip. We want it to be working before we go on another trip… I called Kim, my neighbor across the street today and she was telling me she saw three coyotes on our land on Friday so we will be keeping a closer eye on our little dogs… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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