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, November 26, 2006

I forgot to mention last night after we finished eating at the restaurant I walked out to the car without my purse. It was a good thing that Dave was looking after me. He came out to the car carrying it…
I watched the entire movie of “Gone With The Wind” this morning. I have seen it several times before. They just don’t make movies like that anymore… We were up at Kenny and Kathy’s when Josh and Heather came home. We wanted to be there when they saw the puppy for the first time. They were both so thrilled… While we were there sitting out on their back patio we saw a deer run across the field… I didn’t get anything accomplished today but tomorrow I have too… I called Martha… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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