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.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Thanks to Duchess in Clermont, Florida and Martha in Bethany, Oklahoma for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book…
Happy Ground Hog Day!!! The Ground Hog saw his shadow today, six more weeks of winter. If this is winter I can handle it, near 70 today… I worked on the checkbook, paid bills, and not much more than that accomplished except for hosting two chats. Tonight is when Dr. Mitch visits our chat room his topic is: “Family Denial.” It should be a good one. The link to the chat room is: Kenny and Kathy came down to visit tonight… I am still having problems with stumbling with my speech… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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