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 11, 2005

Last night my brother called to let know that we had lost our cousin Joe. Joe lost his battle with cancer. Joe is the second cousin we have lost recently to cancer. My deepest condolences go out to Joe’s family… I received our first valentine in the mail today. Thanks to Erin our granddaughter for the beautiful valentine and for thinking of us. I love valentines and I used to send them to everyone I loved. I don’t send valentines anymore but I still think of the ones I love… Dave and I were busy this morning getting ready for the maids visit. We had new ones today and that always makes me a little uneasy. I like to see familiar faces each month… I walked around the yard checking the trees, they all look healthy except for one redbud tree and I am not so sure about it… The maids did a great job and it is so nice to have a clean house… It has been another beautiful day. I could get used to this… More tomorrow… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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