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.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Laura!!! Laura is our friend in Nashville, Tennessee… Happy Anniversary Larry and Lynne!!! Larry and Lynne are our friends in Iowa Park, Texas… We were having thunderstorms last night so I wasn’t able to get online to post a journal… I got groomed yesterday, hosted chat, and made nectar for the hummingbirds and filled their feeder… I am still being lazy, waiting on some energy to kick in. Maybe tomorrow, I sure hope so because I am getting way behind on my chores here. The past couple days I have been taking naps. Dave woke me up tonight and said supper was ready. What a guy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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