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.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Macey!!! Macey is our great granddaughter who is 4 today… I didn’t do a journal entry last night because I was too tired when we got home from Macey’s birthday celebration and what a celebration it was. There must have been 50 people there. That little girl is the apple of my eye. She is our youngest great grandchild… We got up early so we could go to church this morning… I hosted the DASNI chat. … We had some overripe bananas so I made a couple loaves of banana nut bread … I watched a movie “The Miracle Worker” … David and Kenny called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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