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 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Bob!!! Bob is Dave’s brother in Huntington, West Virginia… I didn’t sleep well last night and when I woke up this morning I figured it was around 9:00 but when I looked at the clock I couldn’t belive it. The clock showed almost 1:00… I had breakfast then got in the shower to get ready for my dental appointment. The dentist filled my tooth and it wasn’t very pleasant with my asthma… We left the dentist and went to the Salvation Army to take some donations and give them a check. It always makes me feel so good to give to the Salvation Army. Then we went to the Jesus House to leave more donations… Our brother Richard in Smithville, Tennessee came home from a long stay in a Nursing Home while he healed from his broken hip. We are so happy Richard is home but not near as happy as he and Sparky his dog are… I made a pot of Chile for supper… Kenny stopped by for a short visit… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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