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.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

I have had a day of resting and loafing. I watched “Yours, Mine, and Ours”… I have been searching the internet for Dave another Chihuahua but so far I haven’t found the right one. I will keep searching… David called me this morning. I always look forward to his phone calls… Kenny came down and gave me a ride in his new Mustang. Then we went to his house and he gave me a ride in Kathy’s new Pickup. Both are very nice. We went into the neighbor’s house to see it before they close it up… When I went to the mailbox today my neighbor Kim came over to show me her new puppy. So cute… Heather fixed us Dried Beef Gravy and Biscuits for supper. Great job Heather… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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