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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Dave had to take the Honda car in this morning for a six-month check up and run some more errands. I stayed home for some ME time. I washed a load of clothes… Later we went to TLC and got a couple Butterfly bushes and another Geranium. Then we went to Kohls where I got a pair of earrings… We stopped by to see Alfred and Martha to see if they would go out to eat with us but Martha wasn’t feeling well. So Dave and I went to the Cracker Barrel for dinner and the food was great but the noise was terrible. There were kids crying, people talking on their cell phones. I could hardly get out of there fast enough… When we got home we planted the new plants and got them all watered in good… Later Josh and Kenny came down for a short visit… Goodnight All… Keeping the Faith In Oklahoma


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