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 18, 2004

It has been three years ago today since my brother Everett pasted away. I sure do miss my baby brother…
Last night Dave and I watched Bridget Jones Diary… Today we had to go to the airplane hobby shop so Dave could get some airplane fuel and etc. Then we went to Lowe’s to pick up some things he needed then we went to the dreaded Wal-Mart. It was a week before Christmas and it was crowded but I needed to pick up some groceries for our Christmas Eve dinner. I handled it much better than I thought I would. We picked up a barbeque chicken for our supper. The last thing either one of wanted to do was cook… Later tonight we walked up to Kenny and Kathy’s. I visited with Kathy and Heather while Dave visited with Kenny. I watched Kathy do some embroidery on her machine and asked her to do a project for me and she did. Then we got out the seed catalog and started looking for vegetable seeds. We are already looking forward to a garden in the spring… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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