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.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Happy Birthday Norita!!! Norita is my Sister-in-law in Lake Isabella, California… I have been busy today getting ready for the maids visit tomorrow. I picked up, watered indoor plants, did laundry, and read the newspaper… We saw in the newspaper that we had a new Mexican restaurant in town and they were having their grand opening today. We decided to try it out and we are glad we did. The food was great. We took Kathy with us and Kenny met us there after he got off work. They even had live entertainment. I came home with a take home box so now I will have lunch tomorrow… I called Norita… Cindy spotted a turtle in our back yard and she kept barking at it. I was afraid she was going to get bit. The turtle moved on though. Lucky for Cindy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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