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.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Thanks to Edie in Dayton, Indiana for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I have been doing laundry since I got up this morning. I fixed lunch, hosted chat and took care of the houseplants… We had a nice surprise in chat this afternoon. Alan Gibb and his wife in New Zealand had visitors and it was Paul and Christine Bryden from Australia. Christine chatted with us. Alan had kept their visit a secret from us for a long time. Christine wrote the book “Dancing With Dementia.” I highly recommend her book… They had a 3.0 Earthquake in the Oklahoma City area today. People in our old neighborhood felt it. I called Doris and Frank and they felt it. Doris said it sounded as if someone ran into their home… We haven’t seen the sun today. Nothing but a drizzling rain… Doctor’s office called and said all my lab work was okay but the doctor said I was developing osteoporosis and I need to start Boniva for that. What’s another pill? … Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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