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.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

While I was away I missed several birthday’s and anniversary’s including mine. Happy Belated Birthday and Anniversary to all whom I missed… We woke up to 40 to 50 mph winds today and our power was off for an hour or so. The temperature was 65 degrees… We had to run some errands today so I put a scarf around my face and away we went. While we were out we got a new 7!/2 ft. prelit Christmas tree. On the way home we stopped at Sonic for a butterfinger blast. Dave got the tree put up and now I will invite Josh and Heather down to help decorate it… I called my friend Chip who now is under hospice care. He sounded pretty good… I helped fix supper… I am hoping Sam Bradford wins the Heisman Trophy tonight... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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