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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Thanks to Bill in Ferndale, Michigan for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I rested till just in time for chat today. Then I got my shower and got ready to go to Martha and Alfred’s. They invited us over and we had enjoyed a beef stroganoff supper. Dave and Alfred picked it up at the church… Martha helped me pick out some clothes from my Land’s End catalog. I have such a hard time making decisions it is nice to have a friend help me… On our way into Bethany we stopped at our favorite jewelers and dropped my ring off to be resized. My hands are starting to swell and my rings don’t fit anymore… Just as we were leaving to go to Bethany Kathy called to invite us up for supper. But I told her we already had plans. Thanks Kathy anyway… David called and I talked to Madison and Macey. I need a Madison and Macey fix… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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