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.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

This morning I watched a movie “The Ugly Dachshund”… After lunch we got ready to to go to Choctaw to a 50th Anniversary party for Carl and Pat McBrayer. They have been our friends for a long time. They live in our old neighborhood area and they were excited that we were planning on moving back in that area… Since we were in David and Lori’s neighborhood we went by to say hello to them. We got to see and get hugs from the great grandkids. Granddaughter Macey wanted Dave and I to look at their playhouse. I asked her if it was cleaned up and she said yes. It was nice and tidy… We came home and had a quick supper then we went up to see if we could help Kenny and Kathy. Kenny flew his plane to the Cashion barn for storage… I am really tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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