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.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

It was a beautiful day in Piedmont. I love this time of year. I spent a lot of time outside with the dogs. Our three and the two grand puppies and saw several butterflies around the butterfly bush… I cleaned the bathroom and picked up around the house… Travis from Waddell and Reed came and we discussed our IRA’s… After Travis left we went to tone and Dave got dizzy. They called today for an appointment to check his ears. I hope they find the problem for him being dizzy… I called George to get his new email address… Allison and Mathew made it in from Kentucky. I ran up on my scooter to Kenny and Kathy’s to see them and got big hugs from both of them. They both have gotten so much taller since I saw them a year ago… Josh sure likes his job at Dollar General Store. Not bad for his first job… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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