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, April 08, 2005

Thursday, April 7, 2005
We had more rain during the night… Kenny came down last night. He was to have a stress test today because he has been having dizzy spells. Kathy called us to let us know he passed the test. We were all relieved… Dave tilled the garden and then we planted our bedding plants and the green beans. Josh and Heather came after school and planted the pumpkin seeds. We have several things coming up now. The only things I want to plant yet are sweet potatoes. Kathy is planting every thing else that we aren’t planting. I can’t wait to start eating from the garden… I picked up and got ready for the maids visit tomorrow, hosted two chats, and helped Dave fix supper… I got my nose sunburned while I was out playing supervisor at the garden. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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