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.

Friday, February 06, 2009

It was a warm 73 degrees today with a 33 mph wind. I went with Dave to pick up Mindy. When she heard us in the waiting room she started barking and crying. She has slept most of the day since we got her home. We took Sugar to the Vet with us so she could get checked out. She has an ear infection but it is being taken care of now. Sugar weighs 8.4 lbs… My asthma is back so I am back on the Nebulizer. It is no wonder I am having problems with all this wind… I didn’t do anything today but play with the dogs. It is my favorite thing to do… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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