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, January 31, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday Garnette!!! Garnette is our friend in Texas...
I needed a few days break from doing my journal. Sometimes I just don’t feel like doing it and I will force myself to do it. Now I have decided if I don’t want to do it then I am not going to write in it… Yesterday we were gone most of the day, went to get the car washed, went to visit our friends Alfred and Martha and then got groceries. It is a good thing we did that yesterday because today it is freezing cold and icy. Dave went up this morning to get the grand puppies to bring them down here. On his way back when he got out on the patio it had became icy and he had a fall and landed flat on his back. We are so thankful that he didn’t break anything… Today in chat when I was chatting with my friends I was telling them about Dave’s fall. Instead of saying Dave fell I said “Dave feel.” I type the way I talk. It is a good thing at least when I do my journal that I usually have Dave proof read it before I publish it for everyone to see… I called Lori… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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