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 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!!

I am happy to say that we got sunshine today… I went to the DASNI chat but for some reason I kept getting knocked out. After three times, I just gave up… I did laundry while Dave went to the doctor’s office to pick up some new prescriptions for us… We are having leftovers for supper… Tomorrow Gary Reiswig from Long Island, New York and the author of “The One Thousand Mile Stare” will be in Oklahoma City for a book reading and has invited Dave and I to have dinner with him. I am looking forward to meeting Gary and having a nice dinner too.,0,3337506.story Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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