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.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Thanks to Carolyn in United Kingdom for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at:
I woke up with a toothache this morning. I am going to have to find a dentist soon…
I was thinking this morning when I woke up about how when we are at the mall or at the grocery store and Dave is pushing me in my wheelchair. Everyone is always smiling and speaking to me. The little ones in their strollers will just stare at me. I think I know what they are thinking “Why is that elderly lady in a stroller?” LOL When I am getting the smiles and the hello’s I am hoping they are giving Dave the same attention for pushing me around… I cleaned the bathroom and did a load of laundry… George in Louisville called and so did David… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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