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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thanks to Aralee in Schertz, Texas, Christina in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Frank in England for signing my guest book at Last night our neighbors Kelly and Kailey brought us a beautiful Poinsettia. Then Kenny called and asked Dave and I to go to Kingfisher to see the Christmas lights with Kathy and him. I bundled up and we went. I always enjoy seeing the Christmas Lights. Thanks Kenny for taking us… Another one of my DASNI friends, Vernon is going to be under Hospice care. It hurts to hear news like that… Martha called and Jeanne in Hawaii called… Dave had to go see the guy who made his eye today and everything is okay. He went by the hospital to see Alfred and Alfred hopes to be released tomorrow. I was sure glad when Dave came home because the roads were very icy today… Our DASNI chat room is down... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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