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.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Happy Birthday Bill!!! Bill is our nephew in Westerville, Ohio…

I slept well last night and I am not grouchy anymore… LOL
If I could pick a perfect day this would have had to been it. The sun was shining, 73 degrees and very little wind. The grass is getting green, the trees are greening up and the Monarch butterflies are out. What more could I ask for? Well there is one thing. We got our motor home back home and thought we could do some camping but Dave noticed that the windshield that they had replaced wasn’t sealed at the bottom so he has been on the phone most of the day trying to get them to get out here and take care of it. They were supposed to fix it this afternoon or first thing in the morning… Janey and Nancy called and I called Martha… I picked up around the house, dusted, straightened up the back porch, did laundry, filled the birdbaths and hosted two chats… Tonight Dave and I sat out on the back porch and watched Kenny fly his planes and watched the birds… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Jackie said...

I am touched by your story.
Good luck.


April 14, 2005 at 8:33 PM  

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