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.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

It was so sad to hear of Tim Russert’s death. He was so young, only 58 years old. I never failed to miss his Sunday talk show “Meet The Press.” I would watch him then watch my church services. We are flying our flag at half-mast in honor of him… I fixed lunch, hosted the DASNI chat, fixed supper, deadheaded the Roses and fed them some Bayer three in one stuff for Roses… Kenny and David and Lori called… Dave took his old desk down and we will take it to David and Lori. Now we need to make a decision on a new one soon… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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