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.

Friday, December 21, 2007

I didn’t wake up till 1:00 this afternoon. Shopping must have really worn me out… It got up to the upper sixties today but it was real windy. I got on my scooter and took the dogs out for a run. Then we saw Josh out with his dogs so we went up there and sat on their porch visiting and watching them frame the house going up across the street from us. They are really going to town on that house and we heard it was going to be over 3400 sq ft… The weather man is saying we will get snow tomorrow. Probably why I am aching so much… Dave and I are enjoying the new TV show Duel… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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