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.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

The hummingbirds have been given me dirty looks through the window so I filled the feeder and now they are happy again. They keep me busy… David came to visit us and that always makes me happy. He taught me how to use the remote for the satellite I had no idea that I could do so much with the remote… I have been enjoying the OETA channel with Daniel O’Donnell… David and Kenny went to Wal-Mart to get a prescription for Relafen filled for me. It is a drug that Tinker doesn’t carry it… I fixed a pork roast dinner, hosted the afternoon DASNI chat and watered the plants inside and out… Sandy in Rusk, Texas called me. It was good to chat with her again… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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