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, February 27, 2006

Happy Birthday Louise!!! Louise is Kathy’s Mother and our friend in Lawton, Oklahoma…
Dave had an appointment with Dr. Brown this morning for his yearly physical… After seeing the doctor Dave went to get us some more sunflower seeds because we had run completely out and our birds weren’t happy… Dave then went by the Vet’s office to pick up Tootsie’s body. Tootsie looked so peaceful, just like she was sleeping.. Dave made her a coffin and a cross then he went and dug her a grave. Josh told Dave last night he wanted to be here when he buried Tootsie. When Josh and Heather got home from school they came down and we all went to bury Tootsie in our back yard. We all cried and then came back in the house and shared stories of Tootsie… Josh and Heather had supper with us and then left to go do their homework… Thanks to everyone who has sent cards and emails, they were very much appreciated. It helps to know others understand… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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