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.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Dewey!!! Dewey is our nephew in North Carolina… First thing this morning Janita, the physical therapist came and gave me ultra sound on my lower back and neck and shoulders… I fixed us a large chef salad for lunch. When Brenda, the nurse’s aid came I asked her to have salad with us and she did. Then she helped me decorate our Christmas tree. I so appreciated that… I went to the DASNI chat and did a load of laundry. I just remembered I still haven’t put them in the dryer… I have been cold all day. It must be because I am thinking of how cold it is going to be later this week. It was in the 60’s today… I still have a terrible cough… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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