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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Dave and I had a wonderful time camping with Alfred and Martha. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. We camped right along the lake. The fishing was great. One morning I caught seven fish before breakfast… We had a fish fry the first night we were there and they couldn’t have been any fresher. Dave did the cleaning of the fish and Alfred was the cook. The campground people were very friendly and would drive around on their golf carts and ask us if we were having fun and if we needed anything from the store. On Saturday David and Lori came by for a short visit. I highly recommend the campground; it is called Last Chance RV Camp. It is probably ninety miles from where we live… When we left the campsite we decided to go visit Jan and Wade at the KOA campground in Checotah. Alfred and Martha were really impressed with their campground. Jan took us for a tour… Checotah is where the gal who won American Idol lives and Jan and Wade know her and her family. It is also where we had our DASNI retreat last fall… Then we went by to visit our DIL Lori’s grandparents in Okemah. They were trying to put up an electric fence to keep their dog in. Dave and I were there until after dark helping them. We got home last night around 11:00 and we were both exhausted… This morning we had our financial man coming at 10:00 so we had to get up earlier than we probably would have and then Dave took me to Piedmont for a haircut… We walked to the garden and checked it out and it is looking good. We picked a mess of peas for supper…. I did laundry, fed the flowers and deadheaded them, and made our list for the Schwan lady… This evening we had thunderstorms and a nice rain… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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