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, July 21, 2009

Yesterday I chatted with my online friends. They were from Hawaii, Ireland, Brazil, Canada, Ohio, and Oklahoma. I hope I didn’t leave anyone out… After chat Dave and I went to Sam’s and spent a lot of money. We were out of everything or at least it seemed that way. We also made a stop at Wal-Mart, Braum’s, and took our car through the car wash… Kathy came down and brought us squash and okra from the garden… I was really hurting all over last night so I went to bed early not even thinking of writing in my journal. It was a stormy night and I think that must have been why I was so achy… This morning Josh came by and spent some time with us. I always enjoy spending time with him… Tonight Dave and I gave the motor home a good cleaning… I am thinking I will be going to bed early tonight also. At least I remembered to do an entry here… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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