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 23, 2007

Happy Anniversary Michael and Sally!!! Michael and Sally are friends in Hollywood, California… I woke up at 4:00 this morning to go to the bathroom and I didn’t get back to sleep until after 6:00. I am really sore today. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I am going six days a week. Dave and the kids tell me they are proud of me for doing this. It does make me feel good to be doing something that is good for me… The dogs love me today because I cooked them more carrots. Shiloh is able to eat them raw but Cindy and Karmelita don’t have enough teeth to eat them raw… I fixed lunch, supper, and hosted the evening chat… Kathy and I watched the deer again tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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