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.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Diane!!! Diane is a DASNI friend in Memphis, Tennessee… I watched church services on television… It was too windy for me to go outside today even though the temps were in the 60’s, that wind was cold… Our new neighbor who is building across the street came over today to meet me. Her name is Shannon and has two small children. A five year old and a one year old. I met her husband Howard yesterday… I had a nice surprise this afternoon. Our son David Allen popped in to visit… Dave and Kenny tilled our garden. I can’t wait till it is garden time… I fixed supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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