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 12, 2008

Today would have been my Daddy’s birthday and 49 years ago Dave enlisted in the Air Force… I have been picking up around the house. That is a big job for me any more. We can sure get in a mess here in a short amount of time. The maids are coming tomorrow but first I have to clear a path for them… Dave went to have his lab work done at Dr. Corman’s and I went to get my treatment. Then we went to town to run some errands and pick up some groceries… I rode the stationery bike for 25 minutes… Martha called, she and Alfred are visiting relatives in Missouri. Alfred wanted to spend some time with his Mother, brothers and sisters… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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