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.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Before I went to bed last night I put some beans in water to soak over night. I was getting hungry for some pinto beans and corn bread. I have cravings like this often… Lori called last night to see if I was doing okay. David reminded me I needed to come out and see their cow Gertie. Gertie was my Mother’s name and the day she died this calf was born so they named it Gertie. His other cow Miss Kitty with the bad foot still isn’t doing well. David has been giving her antibiotic shots. David really likes his new job. I am so happy for him… This morning I put the beans on to cook with a ham bone… They delivered our new stainless steel KitchenAid refrigerator this morning but it was not the right one. The handle was on the wrong side. This is not one that you can switch so they will be bringing us another one next week. I was disappointed because now we can’t use it but it does look nice. Our old refrigerator is in the garage and we will continue using it… I did laundry and took care of the house plants… Tonight Dave made the cornbread… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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