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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

We had a delicious meal with Kenny, Kathy, Josh, and Heather last night. After dinner we watched Wife Swap on TV together. Came home just in time for the DASNI chat… Our Bradford Pear trees are blooming and so is the Forsythia bush. I love this time of year… I did laundry and got it all folded and put away. Helped Dave fix a breakfast supper… Josh just called for us to come up so I will get ready and go see who is there he wants us to see… I know granddaughter Jamie is flying in from Kentucky tonight to go with Kathy and Heather to Ireland tomorrow… I am back home and it was Jamie that was there along with Kathy’s sister and her daughter and a brand new baby just a little over three weeks old. I got to hold him and feed him which made me very happy… Have a great time in Ireland Kathy, Jamie, and Heather… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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