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.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

This is one of those days when I keep thinking I should be doing this and that but that is as far as I get. Sometimes I will make a note of things I need to be doing and then I lose my notes all over the house… Tomorrow I hope to get up and make a list of things to do and get them done… When I ask the dogs if they want to go to the garden they know exactly what I am saying and we head off to the garden. I couldn’t tell if anything else was coming up or not today. Dave watered it good yesterday and it was still pretty wet… Kathy came down this afternoon and we sat out on the back porch and watched Dave and Kenny flying their planes… Tonight we went to eat Chinese with Kenny and Kathy and when we got home Kenny got out his telescope and showed me the moon, Saturn, and Jupiter. It sure was neat to see them… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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