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.

Monday, July 17, 2006

I had another terrible nightmare last night. I was sure happy to wake up this morning and find it was only a dream…
This morning Alfred called and wanted us to meet Martha and him at the Mexican Restaurant in Piedmont for lunch and we agreed to do that… After lunch we came back here to visit for a while… Josh came down and told us about their trip to Branson. They got to visit the Titanic Museum and saw the Yakov Smirnoff Show. He bought a CD of the show they saw and we watched it this evening. We could see Kenny and Josh in the theater… I called Chip and Sharon… Tonight I have another headache. I wish I knew what was causing them… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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