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.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Happy Birthday Lynne!!! Lynne is our friend in Iowa Park, Texas… Thanks to Shannon in Kentucky for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book…
In case you are wondering what happened to me over the weekend. Well, I will tell you. I was having a whale of a pity party. I didn't invite anyone because I wanted it to be my pity party. I have managed to get over it with a slight hangover. LOL… Today I am out of bed and doing the stuff I got behind on. I have never watched so many movies in all my life as I did during my pity party… I cleaned the bathrooms and got caught up with the laundry. The sun is shining and the snow is starting to melt… Tonight Kenny took Kathy, Heather, and me to see the Christmas lights in Kingfisher. Josh was doing homework and couldn't go. The lights were beautiful. Thanks Kenny… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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