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.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Another beautiful day. The temperature wasn’t as high today but with less wind it felt warmer… I did laundry and have been working on a grocery list for tomorrow… I got out on my scooter and went out with the dogs again… David, our son from Norman came to visit and so did Larry and David visit us. They live in Arizona. They are brothers that went to school with Kenny… Dave and I are watching Ohio/Louisana football game. Go Ohio!!! I know that Dave’s brother Howard, Vince and Jean, and Sandy and Joe are watching in Ohio… Kenny and Kathy are getting a new driveway put in. It is really going to be nice... Josh came down and gave me a hug... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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