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.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Happy Belated Birthday to Chip and Martha… Today I started taking five mg of Namenda twice a day. So far I haven’t noticed any difference… We got home yesterday from Black Forest, Colorado. We went up there for Dave’s brother George’s memorial services. Dave spoke and did a terrific job honoring his brother… David and Lori met us there. They also attended a baseball game in Denver… It was a very hot trip but we managed to keep cool in the motor home with the generator running both air conditioners some of the way… We made a stop in Rocky Ford, Colorado and bought some watermelon, cantaloupe, corn, and tomatoes… I got all the laundry done and plants inside and out taken care of yesterday. Today I deadheaded the roses… The lady from Pets and People called to check on Shiloh. Shiloh was a good traveler and we were happy for that… My brother George in Louisville, Kentucky called and he has plans of visiting us next week. Also had a phone call from Nancy, a phone buddy in Oklahoma City… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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