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 23, 2006

Happy Birthday Vernon!!! Vernon is a DASNI friend in Victorville, California… Thanks to Nancy in Topeka, Kansas for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Today we went to Macy’s 2nd birthday party. It was held a Chuck E Cheese. Gosh that place was so noisy. I was wishing I had a volume control to turn it all down. The children were having a great time and Dave and I enjoyed visiting with the other grandparents. It was good to see everyone again and Macey was her smiling self. Except when Dave took her picture then she turned shy. She was wearing a beautiful dress that grandma Lori made her from her great great great grandmother’s apron made from feed sacks. I remember wearing dresses my grandmother made me from feed sacks… I groomed some more on Cindy and brushed Karmelita and Shiloh. I have to brush them everyday because of the long coat… I called Ernie and Margie, George, and Aunt Flo. Aunt Flo is not doing well. Please keep her in your prayers… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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