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, December 26, 2004

Happy Birthday Alan!!! Alan is a DASN friend in New Zealand...
We had a beautiful day up to 63 degrees. Guess where Dave spent the afternoon? Yep, outside flying his plane. I wasn’t thinking today when I got in the shower that I shouldn’t get in there when Dave is outside and I almost had a bad fall. Thank goodness I didn’t because I would have been there for hours… I have been putting some of the Christmas things away. I want my house back in order and I have been moving my plants around trying to arrange them to get more sunlight. At least here I can do that. The other house we lived in was not a good house to raise indoor plants. That is another great advantage of living here and there are so many. But I do get so lonely. I never wanted my old age to be like this. I am lonely but not bored… The birds entertain me, my three dogs, and I have an aquarium with two Cichlids and I have the beautiful sunsets to watch. It was a beautiful one tonight and all these cookies to eat… I made a couple phone calls, talked to Lyn a school friend and cousin Ernie. Helen, a school friend called me… I fixed supper and Dave finished up baking the cookies that was leftover from Christmas Eve… Tonight I am going to watch Doctor Zhivago on TV … Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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