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, April 24, 2007

Thanks Susan for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book…
Wesley and Norita left early this morning on their way to Tennessee. We had a wonderful visit. They will be stopping by here on their way home to California so we will get a few more days with them… I have had a very busy day. Our weather radio went off saying Tornado Watch and then next it was saying Tornado Warning. Our next-door neighbors don’t have a storm shelter so Dave called Billie and told her to bring the babies and come on over to our storm room and they did. There were Dave and me, three dogs, and Billie and her three little ones. The new baby will be a week old tomorrow and she is so sweet and while we were out there I got to feed her a bottle. That made my day… I washed two loads of clothes and got them all put away. Then I went with Josh to get fitted for his Tux… I am really tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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