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, November 21, 2007

Happy Birthday Peter!!! Peter is a friend in United Kingdom...
Brrrrr it is cold, the temperature dropped 40 degrees since yesterday… I played some games on the computer then after chat went to tone… After supper we went up to Kenny and Kathy’s. I helped Kathy chop some vegetables for tomorrow’s dinner. Kathy’s sister Margaret was there helping too… It was good to see Josh tonight. Seems like we don’t see much of him anymore with going to school and working at his part time job. Josh showed me his progress report one B and the rest were all A’s. Heather was at her Dad’s… Norita called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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