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, March 13, 2005

Last night my foot was hurting really bad and I was too tired to even think about posting a journal. I had been doing too much walking and that makes my foot hurt. I now have a lump on the bottom of my foot so I am afraid the tumor is growing… I will try and play catch up now… We had a nice visit and dinner with Martha, Alfred, and Helen on Friday evening… Saturday David and Lori came for a visit and had lunch with us. Lori brought me a beautiful red rose. She knows how I love flowers… Dave and David were busy doing their thing and Lori and I talked about the grandkids and we walked all over our acreage checking our trees and flowers. I showed her the winter honeysuckle that was blooming, the rose that was sprouting, the mums that were coming up, and the area where Dave will make me a rose garden… We sure did enjoy their visit. I wish they lived closer to us… The flower and vegetable seeds I ordered came in and Dave planted the wildflowers and he will plant the peas today… I watched the church services on TV this morning and watched the morning news before I got out of bed. I am still very tired today… I am making a list of things that we need to get done tomorrow and that makes me even more tired… I have been cold all day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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