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 25, 2005

Happy Birthday Dave!!! Dave is my husband, best friend, care partner, and so much more… I didn’t do a journal last night because Dave and I sat out on the back porch just enjoying the evening and watching the full moon. By the time we came in I was just too tired to think about doing a journal so I went straight to bed… Today has been a busy day. First we went to my appointment with Dr. Hester for a follow up on my cataract surgery and everything looks good. I have 20/20 vision without glasses now… Then we went to the pharmacy and Credit Union and then to David and Lori’s. It sure was good to see Madison and Macie again. It had been way too long since I have seen them grandbabies. Lori had fixed lunch for us. She fixed some delicious fish (bass) and the works. Lori and I walked around her beautiful garden and visited as we went. David had to leave to go to work while we were still there… We left David and Lori’s and went to the commissary and then came home… Kenny and Kathy came down … I heard the coyotes tonight for the first time… I am very tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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