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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Thanks to Angie, Joseph in Oceanside, California, Kenny in Piedmont, Oklahoma, and Susan in Canada for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … As I told you the other day I would let you know today what our Christmas gift was that was delivered today. It is a 40 in Sony Television for our living room. I know we will get very much enjoyment out of it. Santa is good to us… I had phone calls from George in Kentucky, Mary in Canada, and Linda in California… I have been curled up on the couch with my electric throw watching our new TV most of the evening. We had been watching an old Curtis Mathis TV, it was my Mother’s. Really old but still had a pretty good picture but it didn’t fill the hole in our TV cabinet and our new one is HD… Kenny came down tonight with his puppy Sammy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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