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.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!! How nice it is that our Kathy, Jamie, and Heather are able to spend Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland… Thanks to Janey in Plainfield, Illinois for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … This afternoon I went into the chat room and chatted with a group of friends in our DASNI chat room. What a great bunch of people. And to think I would have never met them if I hadn’t got Alzheimer’s Disease… I cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, and fed the pansies. Yes, this time I remembered to add the miracle gro. When Dave saw that I was going to feed them he asked me if I had added the miracle gro. Where was he the other day when I needed him? LOL … Richard in Tennessee called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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