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, January 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Judy!!! Judy is Dave’s sister in North Carolina… Happy Birthday Jeanne!!! Jeanne is our friend in Hawaii… I am starting to feel better, finally. I haven’t really felt good since October… I made us a chef salad for lunch, did laundry, chatted with my DASNI friends, and helped fix supper… For those of you who are wondering about how Mindy is doing. She is doing well, sleeping all night in the crate now without crying and goes outside to potty with Shiloh and Karmelita even in this cold weather. We are so happy to have her. She is just what we needed but no way can she replace our Cindy. We still miss her… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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