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.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Thanks to Mona in Largo, Florida for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at …Instead of taking my usual shower this morning I decided I would take a bubble bath in the whirlpool tub. I really enjoyed it and wondered why I don’t use it more often… Dave took me to see the doctor and then we went to the TLC Nursery and got two flats of pansies and a sack of tulip bulbs. I will enjoy the pansies all winter long and I have wanted tulips ever since we moved here. I am already looking forward to seeing them bloom in the spring… The repairmen came to fix my washer and dryer. They were here for a long time I am sure glad they were under warranty and we didn’t have to pay labor charges… I fixed supper and tonight we started planting the pansies… Lori called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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