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.

Friday, October 19, 2007

It has been a beautiful day with very little wind and that is very unusual for Piedmont… Dave and I went to tone and then came home and fixed supper. After supper I started cleaning the windows on the inside of the house. This is going to take some time because this house has many windows… Kenny saw the orthopedic doctor and he doesn’t think he will need surgery but he is now in a hard cast and he is to walk on two crutches. Dave and I were on our way up to see him but as we were going up there we saw them leave in the truck… Tonight we are watching a Gaither’s video… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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