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.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Last night I didn’t get to sleep until way after midnight. I got over stimulated yesterday but it was all worth it… We got rain yesterday so the grandkids had their Easter egg hunt inside the house. It wasn’t as much fun as the outside one but they did have fun… Dave and I have been enjoying eating the mushrooms that David gave us. Thanks David. I sautéed some last night but today I fried them like my Mother used to do. How she loved her mushrooms. George, I ate some for you too… This afternoon Dave and I got our piggy and turtle banks out and rolled all the coins. We have enough to fill our motor home with diesel… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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