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, April 13, 2008

This morning I attended church services on television… David called and Madison and Macey had spent the night with them. I got to talk to Madison and Macey and I enjoyed talking with them. I am needing to see them soon to get my grandkid fix… I chatted with my DASNI friends, did laundry, picked up around the house, made blueberry muffins, fixed lunch, and helped fix supper… My back is hurting and so are my knees. I am sure it is the weather. We are to have a freeze tonight… I have watched a couple Lifetime movies and later will watch the Red Sox/Yankees baseball game. Go RED SOX!!! I received an email from Diana McGowin, she was the first person that I talked to when I was diagnosed who was in the same leaky boat as me. Her life story was in the movie “Forget Me Never”… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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