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.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Happy Birthday Chris!!! Chris is our grandson in Moore, Oklahoma... Happy Birthday Phyllis!!! Phyllis is our friend in Louisiana...
Today was the day we were supposed to go to Tinker Air Force Base. But since I was so congested and the wind was really blowing, we decided it was best I stayed home. I gave Dave a list of things that he needed to pick up. One of the things was ginger root. Jeanne in Hawaii was in chat and she suggested I try ginger root for my cough. I sure hope it works. I am willing to try anything. Alan in Canada suggested putting Vicks on the bottom of my feet. I tried that but it didn’t work for me… I fixed lunch, supper, and did a little dusting. Didn’t take much to wear me out… Josh came down to visit, he is putting in applications at newspapers trying to get a job using his graphic design training when he finishes school… Lori called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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