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.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Thanks to Susan in Canada for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I got out of the house today finally. I hadn’t been out of the house for two weeks and I was starting to develop cabin fever… We went to Tinker Air Force Base to the pharmacy to pick up our drugs and then to the commissary to pick up groceries. We left the commissary with over $300.00 worth of groceries. I can’t believe how much groceries are now… When we got home I made a meatloaf for supper while Dave put away groceries. Meatloaf is Dave’s favorite and I try to make him one every once in a while. By the time I finished though I thought my poor back was going to break into. I felt like crying. Shiloh could tell I was in pain and she was all over me trying to give me kisses… David and Kenny called… I am tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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