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.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Thanks to Nancy in Topeka, Kansas for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … Last night I went for a walk with Dave and Josh and I thought I was going to freeze. I had jeans and a sweatshirt on but I could have used a pair of gloves. My hand got so cold driving the scooter… It was really a beautiful day today. I was out on my scooter this afternoon checking on the garden and seeing what trees had died. The dogs love following me around the acreage. I fed the mums and roses… I fixed our lunch, a big salad. Then tonight I only had to cook some potatoes and fix some broccoli to go with last night’s leftover meatloaf… Tonight is my night to host the DASNI chats… It was six weeks ago that Dave had his kidney surgery. He is really doing well… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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