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, August 24, 2008

This morning I had to climb out of bed much earlier than usual. We were going to Okemah to Perry’s 90th birthday celebration and it started at noon. Perry is Lori’s Grandfather. He is a man that we all look up to. Perry said he wants to live another 90 years. When he was asked which one of his birthdays was the best, he said all of them… We left there and went to visit Jan/Mina and Wade in Checotah. They are long time friends that have a KOA RV Park… I called Chip and Sharon in Florida… It has been a long day and I am tired, the bed sounds real good to me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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