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, April 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Junior!!! Junior is our nephew in North Carolina… We left early this morning and were gone all day. We went to David and Lori’s in Norman. Dave and David went mushroom hunting and I had a good time visiting with Lori. The guys came home with a bunch of mushrooms. Dave had never found a mushroom before and he found the first one. Lori fixed a delicious meal, which included mushrooms… We left there and went to Tinker Air Force Base to get our medications and go to the commissary… When we got home I went up to check the garden, cabbage and corn are coming up… Erin saw her doctor and was put on bedrest for two weeks. Please keep her in your prayers… Howard called… Dave and Kenny went mushroom hunting this evening and found one in the woods across the street… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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