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.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Happy 43rd Birthday Kenny!!! Kenny is our son in Piedmont, Oklahoma… I thought I was never going to get to sleep last night. I was over stimulated. Just like a child, we with Alzheimer’s get over stimulated. I really enjoyed yesterday but last night I paid for it… David and Lori came today and we went shoe shopping for David’s birthday shoes. This is something I started many years ago and they have never been unhappy with their birthday gift. David found the shoes he wanted and on our way home we stopped at Java Dave’s for some special coffee. I can’t remember the name of mine but it was great. They had so many choices… Tonight we, David, Lori, Dave, and I went up to Kenny’s for a delicious supper. After supper Dave and Kenny entertained us with flying their planes. Then we all enjoyed birthday cake and ice cream… We walked home in the rain, which I loved… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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