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, August 25, 2006

Happy Belated Birthday to Laura in Nashville, Tennessee… Happy Belated Birthday to Larry in Iowa Park, Texas… Happy Belated Birthday to Mary in Canada… Happy Belated Anniversary to Larry and Lynne in Iowa Park, Texas… Happy Belated Anniversary to Michael and Sally in Hollywood, California… Happy Belated Anniversary to Peter and Ann in England… Happy Birthday Perry!!! Perry is our friend and Lori’s Grandfather in Okemah, Oklahoma... Thanks to Martha in Bethany, Oklahoma for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … I have a really good excuse for being away from my journal for the past few weeks. The first week was because the monitor died on my laptop and I had to wait for someone to come and replace it.. Then on the 18th Dave went into the hospital for surgery. He did have cancer. They removed the kidney, ureter, and part of his bladder. He has two nice size incisions. I visited him in the hospital every day. David and Lori brought him home on the 22nd and he is doing really well.. But he has a good nurse too, “ME”… The dogs and I are very happy to have him home…. The neighbors have been bringing us dinner every evening. We are so lucky to live in a great neighborhood. Last night our newest neighbors showed up with a large basket of fruit. Kathy dropped off groceries yesterday along with a freshly cooked chicken… Kenny and Josh have been down every evening to check on Dave. David and Lori have been calling and many others… Thank you all for your calls and thoughts and prayers… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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