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 13, 2008

Thanks to Dewey in Clemmons, North Caroina for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at ... A beautiful day in Piedmont USA. With no wind and that is very unusual for Piedmont so I got outside with the dogs. I can almost see the dogs smiling as they run around me on my scooter. Sammy and Teddy saw us and came running down to see us and they were smiling too. I went around the yard checking on our trees. It looks like we have lost a Redbud tree… I went to church on TV, then to chat, and folded laundry that I found in the dryer… Dave has been working on his airplane… Kenny and Kathy took Dave and me out to dinner tonight at Shoguns. It was a late birthday dinner. The food was wonderful and so was the entertainment. Heather went with us. We were in an ice storm on my birthday… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith in Oklahoma


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