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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

This morning we took Mindy and Sugar to be groomed. After we dropped them off we went to Martha’s house. She had invited us for lunch. We had a nice lunch together but we were all missing Alfred. Dave had promised Phillip, Martha’s 14-year-old grandson that he would help him finish building a plane that Alfred had started. While they worked on the plane, Martha and I went to Sam’s to get a new Sam’s card and by the time we got home it was time to pick up the dogs from the groomer. We stopped at Braum’s for milk and came home… I am not bragging about our temperatures today… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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