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.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Happy Birthday Jamie!!! Jamie is our granddaughter in Kentucky… Today would have been my Mother’s 95th birthday. Happy Birthday Mom!!! I miss you… I watched a couple movies “Nights in Rodanthe” and “The Great Debaters”… I called my friend Joann who lost her husband yesterday. I can’t imagine what she is going through right now. Dave is taken Ken’s death really hard. We have many friends who have lost their husbands in the past couple years. It makes me want to hold Dave real tight… Dave had his last physical therapy today… Please keep our great granddaughter, Allison in your prayers. She has really bad burns from a cooking accident… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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