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 24, 2007

Thanks to Billy in Leeds, England for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at
I forgot to mention in yesterday’s journal that Dr. Barreto increased the Neurontin dosage that I am taking to help with the pain in my legs from Peripheral Neuropathy. It helped me sleep so much better last night… I fixed our lunch, folded the towels that were left in the dryer, and fixed supper… The group that Dave and I belong to and the ones we travel all over to meet each spring and fall have decided to come to Oklahoma City in the spring. We are excited about having them visit our city… Linda called… I am watching American Idol and later I will watch Medium… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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