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, May 24, 2006

Thanks to Peg in Ohio, Susan in Canada, Renee in Albany, California, Nancy and Mary Beth in Topeka, Kansas, Rosemary in Randolph, New Jersey, and Kenny in Piedmont, Oklahoma for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I pulled weeds today and fixed lunch and supper… Dave just came in and said that Kathy was really upset. She went out to our garden and something has eaten all the lettuce and radishes. This is the first time we have had that happen… It is hard to believe that we have been living here for two years now. Hi Chuck and Jean, when will you be out to visit us??? Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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