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 09, 2006

Thanks to Susan in Canada for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at… Last night I went to bed earlier than usual. I had a flare up of Diverticulitis brought on by all the stress I have been under lately. Lucky for me I had Imodium on hand… Kenny and Kathy came down after I had gone to bed. Kathy is a First Assistant Nurse at Mercy Heart Hospital. She talked to me for a long time and explained and answered a lot of questions that was on my mind about what Dave is going through. She also gave me some good hugs and told me they were here for me and we would handle all this together. It is sure nice having a nurse in the family… The name of the cancer that Dave’s doctor is thinking he has is transitional cell carcinoma. I pray it isn’t so… Very hot today, up near 100 degrees… I hosted the evening DASNI chat tonight. If you would like to join our chat for Alzheimer’s and other Dementia’s here is the link: … The moon is sure pretty tonight… Dave showed me a blue bird nest with three eggs and a baby in it… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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