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, July 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Chip!!! Chip is our friend in Florida… I had a really bad night. My knees were hurting and I was having hot flushes all night long. My knees are feeling some better today… I received an email from my friend Chip telling me that he was going to quit doing his journal. He sure will be missed. He wrote what it is like to have this terrible disease. He put it to words like I wish I could. When I would read his journal it was like what I go through each day. Chip, I understand and someday I will be doing the same thing… David, our oldest son came by for a short visit. I showed him our pumpkin and watermelon patch. He picked some okra and zuchinni to take home with him. I tried to get him to stay and eat with us but he had to leave… I had a phone call from Janey in Illinois… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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