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, March 26, 2007

Thanks Dewey in Clemmons, North Carolina for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I have been on a soup kick. Potato Soup, Chili Soup, and today I made Tortilla soup. I almost didn’t get to make it because I didn’t have any onions. When I was in chat this afternoon I asked if anyone had an onion I could borrow. I had already asked Kathy if she had one and she didn’t. Diane in Tennessee was in chat and she said don’t you have some green onions in your garden and I said we did which I had forgotten about. So thanks to Diane I was able to make tortilla soup for our supper and I thought it was delicious. Dave is not one who gives out compliments but I noticed he ate plenty. He told me a long time ago that if he ate it then it was good… I cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, and deleted emails… Sammy our grand puppy went to the vet today to get neutered. Poor Sammy… My brother George called… I watched Dancing With the Stars and voted for Leeza and Tony… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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