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.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Happy Birthday Catherine!!! Catherine is a friend in Kansas… I watched a movie this morning then Kathy and I went shopping at Kohl’s and the mall. We found her birthday shoes at the mall. I ended up with a new no iron cotton blouse and a belt. Thanks Kathy I really enjoyed spending the day with you… Kenny and Kathy have a new puppy. It is a Shih Tzu. He is so cute, ten weeks old, and I think they are naming him Sammy. Josh and Heather don’t know about him yet. They will get to meet him tomorrow when they come home from their other parent’s home. They are just going to fall in love with him… We went out to eat fajitas with Kenny and Kathy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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