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, August 04, 2007

Happy Birthday Richard!!! Richard is our brother in Smithville, Tennessee… Dave took me to get groomed today then we went to Kohl’s looking for something for me to wear to my class reunion next month. They were having a tax free weekend here so I thought I would take advantage of that. I don’t like to try on clothes in the store so I brought them all home to try on. Nothing fits or looks good so looks like I will be taking them all back… Oh well I got some retail therapy anyway… I wasn’t really hungry for a meal tonight and neither was Dave so I made us a salad and that hit the spot… David called this morning. Tonight Kenny and Kathy came down to show us Sammy and Teddy. They both got groomed today too. They asked us to go to the comedy club with them but we declined. I was tired and my knees have really been bothering me and so has my foot. I hope they will ask us again… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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