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, August 13, 2006

Kenny and Josh came down to talk for a while and David called. All of us will be so happy when this week is over with. Not knowing if Dave has Kidney cancer or not. And we have been waiting and wondering since Memorial Day weekend… I made a few phone calls, helped fix supper, and made more hummingbird nectar… My sister-in-law Joyce in Colorado called and she sounded good also Richard and Bob called… Our prayers go out for Catherine and family. Catherine is Dave’s brother’s wife in Ohio. We heard today that her body is shutting down and hospice will be coming in to help with her care… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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