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.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I slept late this morning but I have been busy since I got up… I hosted chat, helped fix lunch, cleaned the bathroom, did a couple loads of laundry, and folded clothes… David, George, Lori, and Josh called. Josh wanted me to know he had registered to vote. YEAH!!! Grandpa David and Grandma Lori are excited. Erin is having a boy. Erin is having some medical problems so please pray for her. We so want her to carry this baby full term and to have a healthy baby… Dave has gone to bible study and I am going to have some popcorn and watch Wife Swap… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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