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.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thank you to Aralee and Sandy for signing my guest book at Mary’s Place.
We barley made it to 40 degrees today and the wind chill was much worse than that. We did have sunshine though… Marcia, the physical therapist came to see me. Then the lady came and brought my tens unit and showed me how to use it… Later a man from AT&T came and hooked us up to their Internet and phone service… I cleaned the bathrooms, did a load of laundry and got it all folded and put away, went to chat, and fixed lunch and supper… David, our floor man came by and brought us some samples of carpet to use at our back door so the dogs can wipe their feet before coming into the house. He also brought me a big cinnamon roll for my birthday. I still think we need to adopt him… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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