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.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I woke up feeling much better this morning… It was a good thing I feel better because I was really getting behind on things like laundry and taking care of my plants. When I was watering the Amaryllis I noticed two more buds that will be in full bloom for Christmas that will make four blooms. It is just beautiful… Brrrr it is so cold today and we had a little snow. Right now it is 19 degrees and the chill factor is 3 degrees… Cindy got groomed today and she looks so pretty and she knows it, she has heard it enough… Dave and I watched a DVD “DeLovely.” It is about Cole Porter. Cole Porter is from my hometown of Peru, Indiana and he was laid to rest there also… Kenny and Kathy came down tonight… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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