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, December 17, 2006

I have had a great day. I did the laundry this morning and it is all done except for folding the clothes that are in the dryer… Alfred and Martha came out and we exchanged gifts and Martha helped me decorate the Christmas tree. It really looks pretty. Dave got his plane out and flew it so Alfred could see how the big plane flew… Kenny and family went to Lawton for Kathy’s family Christmas. Dave brought Sammy down to meet Alfred and Martha. They fell in love with him… I fixed lasagna, broccoli, and hot bread for our dinner and Martha brought a pumpkin pie… It was a great afternoon and evening. The neighbors continue to bring us homemade goodies. We have never lived in a neighborhood like this before. The neighbors are the greatest… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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