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, September 01, 2007

I was able to stay awake last night for the DASNI board meeting. I thought if Frank in England could stay awake I should be able to. Shirl in Australia, our DASNI president resigned last night. She has done a terrific job for several years and will be missed… I had just fallen asleep last night when the phone rang. It was Dave’s brother Richard in Tennessee. He had fallen and broken his hip. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Richard. One of my greatest fears is falling and breaking a hip… Kenny and Kathy just bought two four wheelers. I had to go up today and take one for a ride. It was my first time riding a 4 wheeler. It was fun and more fun watching Kenny and Kathy smile while I rode it… I will be watching the OU/North Texas football game in a little while. Go OU!!! I have three days off from exercising; there was a death in the managers family… Dave planted the Japanese maple tree and I supervised… George and Carol called and Jeanne from Hawaii. She was watching the OU/North Texas game to… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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