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 26, 2006

Thanks to Lori in Norman, Oklahoma and Aralee in Schertz, Texas for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book….
Dave was tired today and rested quite a bit. At least when he is resting I don’t have to worry about him doing things he shouldn’t be doing… Kenny came down this morning and took our Honda in for an oil change. Thanks Kenny… Alfred and Martha came to visit and brought some more groceries. We have plenty of food in the house now… We got a much needed rain today but along with the rain we got thunderstorms and we lost power for an hour or so… Cindy our Bichon dog got out and dug in the mud and Dave let her in the house not realizing she was covered in mud. GRRRRRRRR I gave her a bath and I will deal with the house another day… I watered the house plants and heated up our supper… Lori called… Dear God give me some energy tomorrow… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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