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.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Last night's journal

Thanks to Kathy in Pfafftown, North Carolina for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at
Dave had another appointment at the OU Dental College today so I have had another ME day. It looks like I may be having a lot of them because he needs to have a lot of dental work done. I try to stay out of trouble while he is away. I have been busy keeping the birdfeeders filled. I filled them twice today and they are empty again…. I boiled some eggs for our chef’s salads and didn’t have any trouble. Since I have a timer I wear around my neck that Linda in California gave me… I gave the kitchen a good cleaning and took care of the dogs… David and Kenny called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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