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, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!!!
Happy Anniversary Morris and Andrea!!! Morris and Andrea are our friends in Houston, Texas… We are extra proud of our Son David today. Last night at work he saved a 24-year-old guy’s life. David administered CPR and AED on him. The guy is married and the father of two. Tonight he is in intensive care. Thank God David had the training to do so… I did laundry, went to the DASNI chat and the rest of the day I slept on and off… Kenny came down with roses for me. I received three Valentines… Kenny taxied his plane again. I think tomorrow they will go to an airport and he will fly it… Lori’s grandfather is in the hospital with congestive heart failure. Please keep him in your prayers… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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