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 25, 2007

Thanks to Jeanne in Honolulu Hawaii for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … Our Kathy and Heather got home early this morning from their trip to Ireland. They would have been home sooner but they spent three days in Chicago, they weren’t able to get out because of weather and so many traveling and spring break travelers… I did a load of laundry then I got on my scooter and took the dogs for a walk. Later Dave and I went over to look inside the new house that is going up. We wanted to see inside before they locked it up. That house is large and is going to be a nice addition to our neighborhood. While I was over there I got my scooter wheels all muddy. Dave washed them for me. Thanks Honey… We went up to see Kathy and Heather for a little while… Our neighbor Kim and boys came by for a visit and invited me to a baby shower for Billie, another of our neighbors… My Timex has quit and I am lost without my watch. I am going to have to have a battery put in it or get a new watch. I need to know what time is all the time. I would sure hate to miss a meal or a DASNI chat. I keep looking at my wrist to see what time it is and forgetting that all I have to do his check the clock on my computer… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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