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, September 30, 2006

Happy Anniversary David and Lori!!! David and Lori are our kids in Norman, Oklahoma… Happy Birthday Larry!!! Larry Rose is our friend and lives in Arkansas… It is the last day of September. I don’t know where the time goes… It has been very warm today and to be even warmer tomorrow… Dave woke up with a terrible cold. He didn’t sleep well last night because he was so stuffed up. He wasn’t even able to wear his CPap mask. I am hoping he doesn’t share his cold with me… I hosted the afternoon chat and fixed lunch and supper. Also went through a bunch of mail and got caught up on some reading… Tonight I sat out on the back porch watching Dave and Kenny fly their planes… Goodnight All Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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