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.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Another month flew by. It used to be the days flew by, then it was the weeks and now it is the months… This morning I watched the church services on Television… Then David and Lori came to visit. David had someone make a DVD of some of our old movies for a surprise for us. It sure tickled me. Lori brought some of her delicious leftovers that we always enjoy… We took them out to eat at our local Mexican Restaurant. It is always good to eat there. Then we took them out to see Kenny and Kathy’s new house. Kenny was out there on his tractor clearing the land. We came back here and visited some more. We talked about going to Hawaii… After David and Lori left I watched a movie “Billy Elliot”… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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