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.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Happy 22nd Anniversary Vince and Jean!!! Vince and Jean are friends who live in Ohio… Last night I went to bed without taking my bedtime medicines. First time I have done that… Shiloh tore her belly open. We are thinking she did it on the neighbor’s barbwire fence. She spent the day at the Veterinarian’s office getting sewed up. Dave picked her up after supper tonight. She has a bandage around her tummy and is supposed to keep that on for a few days. She is very quiet tonight… I folded clothes that were left in the dryer from the other day and helped fix supper. It is so hot I don’t even care if the flowers outside die. I don’t want to be out in that heat… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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