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 18, 2007

Yesterday David and Lori took me shopping at the mall and I found just what I was looking for. I also bought David and Lori a pair of shoes for their birthdays. David and Lori are planning a trip to New York City next month… I was just too tired by the time I got home last night to do a journal entry. All I could think of was going to bed… This morning I woke up to Kenny cutting our grass. Thank you Kenny… This afternoon I went to Tan and Tone to check out the tables. I am going to sign up next week if my doctor gives me the okay. There are some of the tables I won’t be able to use but I think it will be good for me to get out and hopefully meet some new people. Some of my best friends I have met exercising… I hosted chats and folded clothes and put them away… It was a year ago today that Dave had his kidney surgery… We got some much-needed rain today… In fact it is raining now so I need to go out and walk in it. Shiloh likes walking in the rain with me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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