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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Our deepest sympathies go out to my brother George in Louisville, Kentucky on the loss of his fiancé and our friend Carol… Last night Dave and I watched “The Bucket List” We really like it… Dave went in this morning for a follow up appointment with the Ocularist. He did some work on his eye and it looks even better and hopefully it won’t be falling out anymore… Dave changed the seats out of Heather’s wrecked car and put them in ours. Hers were leather and I like leather better than cloth… Kenny cut our grass for us tonight… I have been lazy today… We watched the weather forecast and it is supposed to rain for seven days. So we have decided to postpone our camping trip for awhile… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma.


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