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, January 18, 2009

Dave went with Kenny this morning to the airport. Kenny wanted to update his pilot training so was meeting the instructor pilot at the airport. Dave went along for the ride. They flew over our house and I ran out to wave at them… I stayed home to run the Hotel for Dogs. LOL I watched a movie “Father Goose”… When Dave got home he realized he didn’t have the cell phone so called the pilot and he found it in the plane along with his earplugs. So Kenny, Kathy, and I rode with Dave to the pilot’s home to pick up the phone. On our way home we stopped at the Subway shop for supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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