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.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dave got a call from his doctor and he said that the biopsy was inconclusive. He has an appointment with the doctor next week. When the doctor did the biopsy he told us it could take up to three weeks to get the report back so we are still waiting… I think we have our computer problems finally figured out. It was our phone lines… Tonight I was sitting out on the back porch reading and watching Kenny, Kathy, Josh, and Heather play crochet when I noticed Cindy was after something on the porch. At first I thought it was a frog then I noticed it had way too many legs for a frog. I called Josh and Kenny to come quick. Dave was on the computer. It was a Tarantula. I had never seen one before and I don’t care if I go the rest of my life without seeing another one… I am enjoying my scooter. I have gone up to Kenny’s several times with it… I had phone calls from Chip in Florida and Linda in Oklahoma City… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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