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.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Happy Birthday Sam!!! Sam is a friend in Texas… The Molly Maids called this morning and because of the ice they cancelled my cleaning. I cleared out the house for nothing yesterday. I dusted our bedroom, fixed lunch, and supper… I got a message from Virginia Bell who is writing another book along with David Troxel. Their book will be out soon. The name of the book is The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities. This is the sound volume. Their first was published in 2004. I am proud to say I am featured in this book along with other DASNI members. I know it will be a great read. I had the honor of meeting David Troxel when I was speaking at a seminar here in Oklahoma City a few years ago… David called… Snow is promised for tonight and we they are saying up to ten inches… I hosted DASNI chats today… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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