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, August 21, 2008

The sun finally came out today and it is feeling like summer again… I went for my chiropractor appointment. I call Tami my snap, crackle, and pop doctor… We made a trip to the credit union and on our way I saw several turtles crossing the highway. I wondered where they were going and I hope they made it… I went to my weight watcher’s meeting and I had lost 2.02 lbs this week… Then we went to Aldi’s and got groceries. We were running out of food here so it is good that we went. Maybe that is why I lost that weight. While in Aldi’s I had a big panic attack. It was terrible, I ended up sitting down on a stack of groceries and finally it passed and I was ok… Our last stop was at Braum’s. We both got a buttered pecan mix… I fixed supper and now I am going to watch the Olympics… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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