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.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy Memorial Day!!! Happy Belated Birthday Lynn!!! Lynn is our friend in Vancouver, Canada… We have spent a few days doing nothing much but hunting for a tow car. We found one today and will be picking it up tomorrow… Yesterday David and Lori came out and Kenny and Kathy picked up a birthday cake for Dave and we all had birthday cake. It was nice having our boys and their wives all here at the same time. First time that has happened since Christmas… Kenny and Kathy got them another puppy so we will have another grand puppy to watch grow up… We have been getting a lot of rain. The Gerber Daisies are blooming and I have never seen the pansies look so good. The Rose garden is full of beautiful blooms… I did two loads of laundry and then I went on my scooter to the next-door neighbors to get a baby fix. Marley is already six weeks old… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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