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, March 16, 2006

I got up earlier than usual this morning, took a shower and started laundry. Then we went by Dr. Brown’s to pick up some prescriptions and then to Tinker to drop them off. The computers were down there so instead of waiting we went on to David and Lori’s. Lori had called this morning and invited us out for lunch… We had a nice visit and a great lunch with them. The great granddaughters weren’t there so I missed seeing them… Lori thanks again for a great lunch and the picture you gave me. Dave hung it and it looks really good in our study… I read some more of “The Wedding.” It takes me forever to read a book any more… We stopped at the Health Food store and I am trying something new for my reflux and bloating… I sat outside and did some more cutting on Cindy. I am trying my luck at grooming her… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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