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, August 09, 2008

Happy Anniversary Vince and Jean!!! Vince and Jean are our friends in Ohio… Thanks to Miller in San Antonio, Texas for signing my guest book at … I have been lacking writing in my journal for a couple days. I have good excuses. Thursday our Internet was down. I wasn’t even able to get into Dr. Mitch’s chat… Thursday Dave and I spent the entire day down town Oklahoma City at the Ocularist office where Dave got his new eye. The guy made it while we waited. We left for a short time to have lunch at the Boulevard Cafeteria. The eye looks just like a real eye. I can’t tell the difference at all… Last night Dave and I picked okra then I was glued to the television watching the opening ceremonies. Dave and I really enjoyed it. When it was over I was too tired to post a journal… Several people have told me that I was featured in Neurology Now. I didn’t know anything about it until they told me. Now I have a large head. LOL… Our friends Alfred and Martha are coming to visit us later. I need to think of something for supper... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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