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.

Monday, March 21, 2005

This morning soon after breakfast I wanted lunch and Dave told me I had just finished breakfast and that I was always hungry and he is so right… I also want something sweet after every meal. Then I wonder why I am so big. LOL… I washed a load of clothes and put them in the dryer and they are still in there. They are dry and are clothes that need to be folded and I hope to do that tomorrow…. I spent a lot of time today just looking out the windows. We have such large windows in this house and I love my views. In the back of the house where we have our meals I get to watch the birds, the cows, and Josh and Heather get off the school bus. In the front where our study is and where I spend most of my day on the computer I have the neighborhood children to watch when they get off the school bus. They jump on their skateboards, scooters, and bicycles and ride up and down our driveway. They like our driveway because it is on a hill. I also have a beautiful view of the sky and today the clouds were beautiful and that is where I get to watch the beautiful sunsets too. I am so lucky… We were under a tornado watch today. It is that time of the year. I am thankful we have a safe room in the garage where we can go if we have tornado warnings…. I helped fix supper tonight and hosted the afternoon chat…. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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