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.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Last night Kenny called and came and got me to take me to their house so I could watch The Notebook with Kathy and Heather. Yes, that made three times I watched it. But it is such a great movie… I hope all of you had a beautiful day like I have had. We got up to 70 degrees. After chat I went outside and sat out on the patio and watched Dave and Kenny fly their model planes and watched the birds. They would fly into the feeders singing. We have so many birds now to watch. It keeps Dave busy keeping the feeders filled. I can’t wait until they start singing in the mornings… I had a phone call from Sis in Rusk, Texas… I did a load of laundry and watched a beautiful sunset. The days are getting longer and I love it… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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