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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Jeanne!!! Jeanne is our friend in Hawaii… Happy Birthday Judy!!! Judy is Dave’s sister in Clemmons, North Carolina…
Thanks to Dorothy and Anthony in Knightstown, Indiana for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at really had to push myself to do laundry but I pushed and pushed and I got it done… I hosted the DASNI chat and tonight in the chat room we are having a birthday party for Jeanne in Hawaii… I went outside with the dogs but didn’t stay out as long as usual. The sun was nice but the wind was very cold. I figured this will be the last day for me to be able to go out for awhile because we have some winter weather coming tomorrow with snow… George called and Carol is still in the hospital. She had her gallbladder removed last week… I finally remembered to call and make an appointment with Dr. Barreto. I will see her on February 4… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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