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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Happy Birthday Kathy!!! Kathy is our niece in Seagrove, North Carolina… Happy Birthday Ernie!!! Ernie is my cousin in Louisville, Kentucky… This is the first day I have felt human in several day. I got dressed for the first time in three days… Tootsie our little dog hasn’t been feeling well today. Dave made an appointment with the vet but Tootsie started to perk up some so he didn’t take her. We are watching her closely. Tootsie is the youngest of our three dogs, so she is our baby… I finished up the laundry… I am still enjoying the Olympics… Dave has started on our taxes… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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