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 21, 2005

I watched the morning news on TV this morning then I listened to my radio talk show. After that I fed the flowers and noticed the one butterfly bush is blooming. Also noticed the first bud on the Queen Elizabeth rose… I picked up around the house and did a good cleaning of the kitchen and barely got it done in time for the DASNI chat. It always does me so good to go to chat and find good friends there who understand just what I am going through… David and Lori called. Their cow with the bad foot Miss Kitty is doing fine and they have another cow who is about to have a calf… This evening Kenny asked us to go to Fire Mountain with them for dinner and we did. It was very good eating… Later they came down and Kathy and I sat out on the patio and watched Dave and Kenny fly their planes. It was a nice evening with a full moon. I love it out here. But I wish it would rain… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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