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, January 02, 2007

Thanks to Claudia in Galena, USA for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … OU lost their game last night to Boise State but it was a good game. It went into over time… I slept in this morning. When I woke up I turned on the TV and watched the funeral of President Gerald Ford… I am feeling better today so hopefully I will start doing better at writing my journal. I need to start writing earlier in the day so I am not so tired… I fixed lunch and then went into the DASNI chat room Peter from the UK was there. It was great having Peter in the chat room again… The other day Dave took me to the mall. I got a new bedroom ensemble for our guest bedroom. It is in blues and it looks very peaceful. While I was at Penny’s I also got us a king size heated mattress pad and some new flannel sheets for our bed. We spent a lot of money but everything was on sell so we saved some money too. I love saving money… I am looking out my window at our flag, which is flying half-mast. Also watching some men build a storage barn across the road. Soon they will build a new house on that lot and we will have some more new neighbors… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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