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, February 12, 2009

I felt better this morning when I woke up… We have wanted to go visit David and Lori and see their new bedroom suite. So today we went. Lori made some delicious Chili for lunch. We didn’t stay long because David had to go to work and Lori had to pick up Madison and Macey from school… On our way home we met with Martha at Kohl’s and then picked up some KFC for supper. We stopped in Piedmont and Dave and I both got groomed… My foot with the Desmoid tumor in it has been very painful today… I did a load of laundry and picked up around the house… Kenny came down tonight and George called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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