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, May 13, 2005

During the night I woke up grinning from ear to ear because I heard it raining. We got about an inch and that is very helpful to our vegetable, flower garden, and lawn… Dave and I have been busy today taking advantage of being at home and getting our affairs in order… I don’t think there is a day goes by that Dave doesn’t say that he loves being retired. I like having him home too… Alfred called and said Martha is still off work. She almost had pneumonia, I hope she feels better real soon… I washed all the outside windows in front of the house and then I sat out on the back porch with a coke and let the butterflies and birds entertain me. Later Dave and I spread some cocoa mulch in both the flower beds on each side of the patio and it smells so good… Our neighbor Kim and son Zackery came over with a little puppy that they were babysitting… Later Kathy came down for a little while… It is stormy tonight and we are getting more rain… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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