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, May 13, 2008

I woke up with a headache and kept it most of the day… It has been a beautiful day with very little wind. I deadheaded the roses and irises and pulled some weeds. Dave planted the purple phlox that I received for Mother’s Day… The nurse called Dave and gave him the report on his biopsy. It wasn’t cancer but it was the kind that turns into cancer. He will go back in two years for another colon scope… The Schwan man came and I gave him a good order… I deleted a bunch of emails. I let them pile up and it feels good to have them all deleted; now I am going to try and delete them as I read them… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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