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.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Happy Anniversary Joe and Sandy!!! Sandy is a DASN friend in Ohio…
This hasn’t been one of my better days. I was supposed to participate in the Web X conference this morning for the Oklahoma/Arkansas Alzheimer’s Chapter. But for some reason I never received the instructions to do so. A mix up somewhere… I started a load of laundry and then I went into to study and I was trying to turn on the TV by pointing the remote at Dave’s desktop computer screen. When I told Dave we both laughed. We have to laugh at our mistakes or we would be doing a lot of crying… I did some bird watching today and we only have two different birds here at the feeder. They are purple finches and black chickadees. When we lived at our other house in Oklahoma City we had so many more. I really miss watching the cardinals but can’t say I miss all the sparrows we had there… I helped Dave fix supper and washed our comforter and blanket from our bed. I was hoping to hang them outside to dry but the weather changed my mind so had to dry them in the dryer… It is a cold 32 degrees in Piedmont, USA... Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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