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 23, 2007

Thanks to Sally in Los Angeles, California for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at
We got a real good rain last night and I am happy for that. I think the birds were happy too because they were sure singing today… Dave and I went to town and bought five more trees. Three peach, one flowering crabapple, and one weeping mulberry… Dave and Kenny just finished planting them… I walked up to Kenny to see his new trees. He planted apple trees and Bradford pear trees… Kathy and Heather should be home sometime Sunday morning. She is not a happy person being stuck in Chicago all this time. Jamie got a flight out and went on home to Kentucky today… David called and he had all four of his grandchildren there and they were having a good time. I got to talk to all of them. They had been on hikes, shooting a pellet gun, and climbing trees. Now that tree climbing scares me, I am glad I am not there to see that… I fixed lunch, supper, and hosted both chats. Our chats have been great lately with a lot of people showing up… Goodnight All… Keeping Faith In Oklahoma


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