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.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I can’t tell you how great it felt to just stay home today. This morning Dave and I watched a dvd of Dewey’s Memorial service that his wife Judy had sent us. Dewey was loved by so many and we all miss him… I went to the DASNI chat and chatted with my best friends, did some picking up around the house as we really can get in some messes, went to the garden and picked zucchini and squash for supper. When I was chopping the zucchini I cut my thumb and I had to call Dave in to finish supper… Martha and Norita called… Tonight Kenny and Kathy came down. Kathy brought some okra that she had picked in the garden… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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