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, October 08, 2006

Happy 45th Birthday David!!! David is our son in Norman, Oklahoma… I watched a movie this morning and then I fixed lunch, hosted chat, and got ready to go to David and Lori’s. Lori had fixed a birthday dinner for David. She made this wonderful upside down German Chocolate cake. It was so delicious. It was great seeing Chris, Jenni, Madison, Macie, Kerry, and Erin again. David and Lori sent leftovers home with us also gave us a quart of fresh honey. We are so blessed with such a wonderful family… On our way home we stopped by to visit our neighbors, Greg and Jennifer. Greg was recently in a terrible motorcycle accident. He will be recovering for a long time… It was a beautiful day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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