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.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!
Happy Birthday Carole!!! Carole is our friend in Missouri…
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
We had a nice family gathering last night. There were fourteen here and everyone had a good time. I was so happy to have everyone here to share a meal and just visit and have special time with each other. Madison kept us all laughing, she is so full of energy but by the time we had finished she was running down. Macey is growing like a weed and has personality plus. Josh and Heather were tickled with their gifts from Santa that they had opened early in the day because today they will be spending the day with their other parents… I didn’t sleep well at all last night, kept waking up and this morning I woke up feeling like I was the Grandma that the reindeer ran over. I haven’t gotten dressed all day and have spent most of the day in bed resting. We were invited to go to Barbara and Marc’s today but there was no way I was ready to be around another crowd of people and as much as I would have liked to. I just can’t handle it anymore… Dave just disappears and doesn’t tell me where he is going. I hate it when he does that. The next thing I know I hear airplanes flying over the house and I know where he is and in two or three hours he will show up again… I have noticed I am getting more birds at the feeder now. Maybe having the birdhouses out there has brought them here. I got two new birdhouses for Christmas and two birdbaths. That will keep me busy keeping the birdbaths filled and clean. I also got a large rooster for the kitchen and some beautiful butterfly towels for our guest bathroom… I was very disappointed with my Dirty Santa gift. It was an air compressor. I may not even play Dirty Santa next year. LOL I have a kitchen full of gingerbread cookies and sugar cookies and Lori brought some of Jenni’s birthday cake, plus we have Jesus’s birthday cake and a chocolate pie so I am in sugar heaven… My cough is still with me and it sounds terrible… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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