Mary's Place

A web page about the life of a lady who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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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, May 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Sandy!!! Sandy is a DASNI friend in Ohio… Thanks to Jody in Washington, DC and Adrienne in Cambridge, MA for signing my guest book at http://www.angelfire.com/ok4/mari5113/index.html The interview I did for WEGO Health is finished and is posted. You can read it by going here http://community.wegohealth.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2028394%3ABlogPost%3A13713 I didn’t get much accomplished today. I haven’t felt good; I am having a flare of Diverticulitis, first time in a long time… Josh came down for a visit this afternoon and tonight I went up to watch Dancing with the Stars with Kathy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

1 Comments:

Blogger antiquityhill said...

Hi Mary,

And an interesting spotlight interview it really is too. I know you have inspired many people. Your family is very lucky.

Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us at WEGO Health. :)

Ellen Schnakenberg

May 21, 2008 at 1:50 PM  

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