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, December 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!Happy Birthday Carole!!! Carole is our friend in Missouri… I had a wonderful time with my family last night. Everyone was there but Jamie and her family, Heather, Jake and Trevor…. Kathy prepared a delicious dinner for us and Lori baked a Happy Birthday Jesus cake… We received some very nice gifts… I was so over stimulated last night that I had a heck of a time falling asleep. Dave had no problem, as always when he hits his pillow he is asleep… Today has been very pretty, 62 degrees but too windy for me to be out… Kenny has been helping Dave install a security camera system that we received for Christmas… I have been busy cleaning out some closets getting stuff together for when the Prevent Blindness comes next week. I cleaned the bathroom and did a couple loads of laundry… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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