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 07, 2007

Kathy went with Josh to take his driving test today. Congratulations Josh of getting your license today. Josh drove down here to show us his driving license. I wish I could say I passed on my first try. Now he is free to drive without a licensed driver with him… I rested most of the day. Just don’t feel like doing much… We had thunderstorms all night and we got over three inches of rain and it is looking like we may have a repeat tonight… We had some delicious strawberry shortcake for dessert tonight. Our first strawberries of the year and no they didn’t come from my strawberry pot. I have given up on ever having strawberries from it and I think Kathy has also… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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