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.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Five more days till Christmas and I am looking forward to Christmas Eve when our family will all be together here at our home… I did laundry, picked up around the house, and watched a tv movie “Tuesday with Morrie.” I have also read the book… So far I have been remembering to feed my beta fish everyday. I have named him Mickey… We got a good rain during the night and the sun came out today. We could use much more rain… More goodies brought by tonight by three of our neighbors. My clothes are all shrinking… I had a phone call from Jeanne in Hawaii. Jeanne, it was so good to hear your voice again… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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