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.

Friday, February 10, 2006

We had more wild fires today. They were in Yukon and around Norman. With the way the wind is blowing I am not surprised… This morning I called to talk to David and Madison. I tried to talk to Macey but she doesn’t talk yet. She doesn’t have to talk all she has to do is grunt and point and someone will talk for her… Not much accomplished today. I have thought all day it was Saturday. I hosted chat and played dominoes with Nobie… Kenny called and invited us to go out to eat so we are going to do that. We will be dropping Heather off at a school dance on our way… Mary in Canada I am so sorry I missed your phone call today… Good Night All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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