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.

Friday, June 30, 2006

I woke up early again this morning but at least I didn’t have to rush around and go somewhere… It is hard to believe this month is gone and also half of the year. Where does the time go? … Shiloh slept in her crate all night and we heard not a peep out of her. She is adjusting very well. She is even wagging her tail now… I fixed supper and even made a dump cake.,. David and Lori called and they said that they had a great catfish dinner at the Center Hill Restaurant in Tennessee. We love to go there when we visit Richard. They will be with Uncle Richard until Sunday… Kenny and Heather came down tonight to love on Shiloh… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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