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.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Happy Anniversary Chip and Sharon!!! Chip and Sharon are our friends in Florida… I didn’t sleep well last night. I had to get up early this morning for an appointment with Dr. Davoli to get both my knees injected… Then we went to Baptist Hospital for Dave’s tests… Then to the office supply store to pick up Dave’s new chair and from there we went to Tinker Air Force Base to pick up our meds and then to the BX and Commissary. Our next stop was for me to get my treatment from the chiropractor. When we got home I helped put away groceries and warmed up some of Lori’s chicken and noodles. They were so good… I watered the flowers outside because they were begging to be watered. I just wanted to go to bed… Dave has an appointment with the surgeon on Friday morning. She will let us know when the surgery will be… Hopefully tomorrow we can stay home… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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