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.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

We went to the pharmacy at Tinker AFB today and went by the BX. I needed to buy a housewarming gift for granddaughter Jennifer and husband Chris. They just bought a new home and we are looking forward to seeing it. Making decisions on what to buy really gets the best of me. I went by the beauty shop and got my haircut… David called and said if we came out he would give us some mushrooms. He went hunting for more today and found eight pounds more of them. I would never turn down mushrooms so we went out there to get them. Madison and Macey were there and were happy to see us. Lori picked me a bouquet of Lilacs from her bushes and boy do they smell good… We stopped at Braums on our way home and picked up milk… I am really tired tonight… Martha and Alfred called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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