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.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday Wesley!!! Wesley is Dave’s brother in California… Happy Belated Birthday Duchess!!! Duchess is a DASNI friend in Ohio… Happy 12th Belated Birthday Jake!!! Jake is our great grandson in Moore, Oklahoma… Happy Belated 43rd Anniversary Brian and Jean!!! Brian and Jean are friends in New Zealand… I took a week off from my journal. Sometimes I just need a break… This morning I got up early for another dental appointment. The dentist cleaned my teeth and they look and feel so good. He said I had one cavity, also a lump that he is watching. If it doesn’t go away then he will have to remove it. I am hoping it goes away… I made potato soup for lunch and it hit the spot. It has gotten cool here… Dave went to see the ENT doctor… I hosted the DASNI chat and have been busy picking up around the house getting ready for the maid’s visit tomorrow… I watched a movie “Murphy’s Romance” … David called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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