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, May 27, 2006

Thanks to Richard in Smithville, Tennessee for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Congratulations to Dewey and Judy in Clemmons, North Carolina on the birth of their first grandson…
Last night while I was in chat Dave hung the three birdhouses that his brother Wesley gave me while we were visiting them in Lake Isabella. I have quiet a collection of birdhouses. Now we need to get out and buy some sunflower seeds for our birds. I still haven’t filled the hummingbird feeder since I returned home. I am so bad!!! Our son David came by for a very short visit this morning. David always is in a hurry. He picked up Josh to take him to a movie. This was a birthday gift from him to Josh… I folded the laundry that was left in the dryer and washed another load, cleaned the bathrooms, hosted the afternoon chat, got caught up on the Piedmont newspapers, and fixed supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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