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, March 11, 2007

Thanks to Dewey in Clemmons, North Carolina and Frank in the United Kingdom for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at I didn’t post a journal last night because I was just too tired. I had a very busy day yesterday. I spent the morning listening to the garden show on the radio. I learn so much from listening and I will take notes so I don’t forget their great hints… Then I went to the DASNI chat room where I chatted with friends. After chat I got ready to go to David and Lori’s. We were invited out to their house for Chris’s birthday dinner… On our way to David’s we stopped and checked out some hotels for a group of our friends who will be flying into Oklahoma in May for an Alzheimer’s Retreat… We had a wonderful time at David and Lori’s house. It was so nice to be with my family again and share a wonderful meal that Lori had prepared. Her delicious Chicken Enchiladas which was Chris’s request and of course Yum Yum Cake… It was very late when we got home and all I could think about was going to bed… We woke up during the night to a thunderstorm and rain. What a beautiful sound. We sure needed the rain… I have loafed most of the day and it has felt good… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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