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, December 26, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday Carole!!! Carole is our friend in Missouri… Happy Birthday Alan!!! Alan is a DASNI friend in New Zealand…
Below is a picture of our family taken Christmas Eve. Heather was missing this year because she had to go to her Dad’s. This was our first Christmas without her. We all missed her… Dave and I had a really nice Christmas… I got over stimulated on Christmas Eve and I wasn’t fit for anything yesterday and not much better today. But I will do it all over again next year… Kenny and Kathy came down and spent Christmas Day with us… Dave ordered me a new ac/adapter for my laptop today so hopefull I will have it soon. We plan on returning the one I borrowed from Martha tomorrow… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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