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 23, 2006

Thanks to Lori in Norman, Oklahoma for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… This morning it was raining and Dave and I both were sleeping so well when the doorbell rang. It was the maids and they were here about three hours earlier than normal. I wasn’t a happy person for a while but I got over it once our house was nice and clean… We went to Tinker to pick up our meds and then to Best Buy to exchange Dave’s computer, it looks like his first one was a lemon. Best Buy took good care of us… We stopped on the way home and picked up a few groceries at Aldi’s and then went to eat Mexican… Dave is still hurting in his kidney and I can’t help but worry about him… My brother George called to check on Dave and also David called to give us a report on Lori’s granny who fell while working in her garden and broke her leg and hip and they did surgery today. Our prayers go out to Maysella and her family… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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