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.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Today was the day we went to Tinker Air Force Base to pick up our medicines at the pharmacy and to the commissary to get groceries… We ran into a couple friends that we hadn’t seen in a long time at the pharmacy. Benny Thorne and Ken Stone. We rode motorcylcles with Benny and his wife Ferlene back in the eighty’s and Ken and his wife Rosie were neighbors in our old neighborhood… It took us forever or at least it seemed like it to get home because of road construction going on. I called Lynn in South Dakota and Joyce in Colorado and caught up with them… When we finally got home, I fixed supper with a lot of help from Dave. My back was hurting so bad. I can’t stand for very long anymore… George and David called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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