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, June 13, 2010

This morning Kelley, one of our neighbors texted me to say she was making and bringing our dinner down to us. What a sweet person she is. She has four little ones but still wanted to bring dinner to us. We had grilled salmon, asparagus, and brown rice. She even sent some skinny cow ice cream for our dessert. It was so good. She is a great cook. She is already talking about making another meal for us… I picked up around the house and hosted the DASNI chat… The ice cream truck came this evening and took us for ice cream. Then we went to see what had been done at their new house. It is moving very slow now. Then we stopped to visit with another neighbor… Now I am watching a basketball game. Go Boston!!! Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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