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.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

I watched a couple movies, listened to my garden show on the radio and watched the Gaither’s this evening on TV… Our neighborhood had a big garage sale this weekend so we had a few things out. I am not into garage sales anymore. Too much work so we donate our stuff… I rode around on my scooter and went up to see Sammy who got his first grooming today. He looks adorable. Then Kathy came down and we sat out on the back porch and visited and soon Dave quit flying and he joined us… Richard called. Please keep Richard in your prayers. He is to have a PetScan next Friday and we are praying that they don’t find any more cancer… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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