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.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Garnette!!! … I woke up this morning feeling better than I had all week… I watched the movie “Forrest Gump.” I had seen it before but it is a good movie to watch over and over… I rode the bike like I have been doing every day since I started a couple of weeks ago. I am up to fifteen minutes a day. I went to chat and chatted with my DASNI friends and then after chat I got on my scooter and went outside to enjoy the beautiful day we were having. Dave and I went across the street and looked over the new house they are building. The owner was there and I got to meet him. He will be a great addition to our great neighborhood. Their house is going to be really nice… I visited with Kenny while I was outside… David called, Madison and Macey had spent the night with them and the girls talked to me on the phone. Macey who we thought would never talk, now talks non stop… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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