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, May 02, 2007

Happy Birthday Sharon!!! Sharon is our friend in North Carolina… Happy Belated Anniversary Kenny and Kathy!!! Kenny is our youngest son and his wife Kathy live in Piedmont, Oklahoma… Happy Belated Birthday to Diane in Florida and Martha in Oklahoma… I am back. Wesley and Norita arrived Sunday and left early this morning. We had such a good time while they were here. Dave and I both were sad to see them leave. One of the days while they were here we went to the Oklahoma City Zoo, something I have wanted to do for years. I hadn’t been there since the 80’s. Dave had never been. We had a great time. I really enjoyed watching the elephants and the gorillas, they really entertained us… Dave has been busy mowing the acreage and I have been back to doing laundry, hosting chats, feeding the vegetables and flowers… Tonight we are eating leftovers; I am too tired to think about cooking anything… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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