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 14, 2006

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Happy 3rd. Anniversary Morris and Andrea!!! Morris and Andrea are our friends in Houston, Texas and they met on DASNI... Happy Birthday Amanda!!! Amanda is our grand niece in North Carolina... My Valentine’s Day was a good one. Dave got me a beautiful African Violet plant and candy. We went out to eat last week to avoid the crowds… Dave had a doctor’s appointment this morning and while he was gone I got busy and fixed a roast for supper… Kenny called and David and Lori called to wish us a Happy Valentine’s Day… I have picked up around the house and did some bird watching. I counted 24 meadowlarks under the feeders at once… It was 66 degrees today… Kenny came down tonight with two bouquets of flowers. Thanks Kenny… I had phone calls from Carole and Evelyn. I called Garnette and Aunt Flo… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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