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, June 26, 2007

We have had 14 days of rain. I wanted to go to the garden but don’t want to get in the mud. Maybe tomorrow I can go… I have had one of those days. Just can’t seem to get motivated to do any thing.. I am having more trouble trying to bring up the words I want to say and it is so aggrevating… The Schwan man came today and I gave him a good order… Dave is putting a phone in our safe room… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Carolyn said...

Hello mary, I remember you from the over 60's chat room, I have enjoyed reading the comments in here and am sorry that you are not doing very well healthwise, I also have a disease of the brain, mine in laymens terms is vasculitis of the brain which is an auto immune disease where my immune system has turned against me and is literlly destroying my brain. Hugs. I am also a Christian and without Jesus, I don't know what I would have done these past 10 years. I am also originally from Okla, a little town of Gracemont Caddo County. We have chatted but it has been a long time ago. Take care and I will pray for you. Hugs. Carolyn, I now live in California in a little town named Ukiah.

July 2, 2007 at 6:41 PM  

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