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.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

I finished up the laundry this morning then Dave and I walked to the garden. It is really looking good. We came home with lettuce, onions, snow peas, and some very small potatoes. We had a nice salad for lunch and it was really fresh… While we were sitting at the table having lunch we noticed that a bluebird flew in the log cabin birdhouse. This is the first bluebird we have seen out here and it is building a nest. We now have three birdhouses that are occupied… Have I mentioned before that I love living out here. Well I really do… Kathy told me last night that she was fixing a pot of pinto beans for tonight and asked us to come up. She asked that I make the cornbread because she likes my cornbread. We invited Alfred and Martha to join us and they did…
Dave and I will be attending the early-onset Alzheimer’s Assn. Solutions Summit on June 10th, 2005 in Tulsa. If you would like to attend the summit the contact person for the early-onset programs and conference is JoAnn Webster at 918-481-7746 or email: . I will be hanging around the DASNI booth. If you attend please be sure and look me up… Goodnight All… Keeping the Faith In Oklahoma


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