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, May 07, 2005

First thing I did this morning was to listen to my garden show on the radio. Then I went outside to check on the flowers and pulled some weeds… I did a load of laundry and folded them and got them all put away. For supper I fixed pinto beans, corn bread and potato cakes and invited Kenny down to eat with us. Kathy had gone to Lawton to spend the night with her Mother. Kenny surprised me with a pan of his homemade peanut butter fudge and it was yummy… This evening I saw three deer across the road… David called and I called Evelyn, Vicky, Martha, and Lyn… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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