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 06, 2008

Happy Birthday Mathew!!! Mathew is our great grandson in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky who is ten today… Thanks to Al and Martha in Bethany, Oklahoma for visithing Mary’s Place and signing my guest book … I didn’t wake up till 12:00 just in time for my church services. I stayed in bed and watched some Bonanaza shows then got up in time for chat… After chat I made an apple salad then I took the dogs outside and we all went up to visit with Kathy. She was sitting out on her back porch. We sat out there till dark talking and grooming our five dogs. It was a record breaking day up near 80 degrees. The wind is still blowing... Kenny and Dave went to Subway and picked up sandwiches for our supper… It felt so good to be able to spend some time outside… I called David and Lori… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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