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, November 16, 2006

Happy Birthday Dewey!!! Dewey is our Bother-in-law in Clemmons, North Carolina… The guy came this morning to install our satellite Internet service. Dave and I are really happy with it. Not only is it fast but also now we can receive phone calls while we are both online and the best thing of all is we do not have to share anymore… I got quite a lot done today and so did Dave. It is surprising how much you can get done when you are not waiting and waiting to get online… The sun came out and the wind stopped so not near anything like it was yesterday… Kenny came down to help Dave move the aquarium out. Kenny picked out the shoes he wanted and I ordered them online. Then Dave and Kenny went to look for Josh a car. The dogs and I are here alone. I am not afraid out here at all… David called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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