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.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Last night it was late when we got home and I was too tired to post a journal…

We had a wonderful time last night. Meeting with Gary and his friends and relatives, we even got to meet one of Gary’s niece and her dog, Lucy. Eating at Olive Garden was nice too. After we finished eating we all went to Full Circle Book Store where Gary did his reading and signed books. I took my book for him to sign… We went by Kenny and Kathy’s house on our way home. Their dogs Sammie and Teddy were sure happy to see us, they were all over us. Then we went with Kenny and Kathy to Wal-Mart… Dave went to Tinker AFB to get our medicines and pick up a few groceries. I was too tired to go… I cleaned up the kitchen... The nurses aide and her trainee came to visit me... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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