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.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Dave got a call from his brother Bob this morning that George had passed away about 10:00 CDT this morning. Our prayers go out to Joyce, Steve and Dan and their families… We felt when we visited George and Joyce in April that would probably be our last time to see him. We did have a good visit then and that visit will always remain with us… David called and my brother George called to let me know that Carole is in the hospital. We wish her well... Kenny and family made it home safely from Branson and they had a great time… Dave mowed all day and I kept giving him water. I worried about him being out in the heat. But he handles the heat much better than I do. I fixed us a meatloaf, baked potatoes, zucchini, and cottage cheese and bananas for supper… Tonight we took a drive to Sonic and had a Butterfinger Blast… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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