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.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

I lost another friend today. Chip Gerber who was a friend to all of us at DASNI. He went to heaven around 2:00 this morning. Dave and I had the privilege of meeting Chip and Sharon at one of our F2F meetings a few years ago. Chip wrote his online journey until April 2007 and many of us enjoyed reading his daily journey, He was only 63 years old. A link to Chip’s Journey Our condolences go out to Sharon and her family… I attended church services on television this morning and watched a movie “Rear Window”. Then I went to chat with my DASNI friends. There were people there from New Zealand, Canada, England, Ireland, Ohio, California, Texas, and Oklahoma… I noticed that there is a new bloom on my Orchid… Kenny is getting some spin traning in a plane this weekend and they flew over our house today… Kathy called and asked us to go to Braum’s for an ice cream sundae and we thought that sounded like a great idea… Sharon Gerber called and I called Jan/Mina… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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