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.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I didn't do a journal last night because we were having storms... The doctor has put me on home health care now. The nurse was here this morning to visit me... I haven't felt well today... David and Lori's dog Jettina went to doggy heaven this morning. We know how bad that hurts... I am going to take a break from here... Goodnight All... Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Gayle @ Mountain Moma said...

Take care of yourself Mary! My sympathy to Dave and Lori. It is so painful to loose your little angel.

January 25, 2010 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Oy, lots going on and on over in OK. Weather, health and even pets. First, stay warm. Second, I'm thrilled you got home health!!!! Now, let somethings go, rest, rest rest. I love you.

February 1, 2010 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Karen Lynn said...

Mary, I stumbled upon your blog and noticed you are in Oklahoma. Me too. I care for my mother in law who has Alzheimer's. Where are you? I am SE OKC. Have a great week and watch out for that ice! Karen
PS I blog at

February 2, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

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