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, September 10, 2006

Happy Birthday Allison!!! Allison is our great granddaughter in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky… Thanks to Richard in Smithville, Tennessee for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … I did a little yard work today and fixed supper… I have had a very hard time talking today. Nothing comes out like I want it to. Saying the wrong words and typing the wrong words also… I got on my scooter and the dogs and I went up to visit with Kathy. We sat out on their back porch and watched Dave and Kenny fly their planes. Later Josh and I went for our evening walk… Lori called and Kelly and her daughter came by… I am thinking we must be going to get some rain because my joints are sure hurting… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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