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 14, 2005

This morning I was listening to the morning news on TV and they spoke of an Alzheimer’s patient walking away from a Nursing Home last night barefooted. I am hoping I hear that they found him and he is ok. I just heard they found the man in a storage room on the grounds of the Nursing Home and he is fine… It was pouring down rain last night and lots of lightening and thunder… My front windows sure look good so I got out this afternoon to do the backside of the house… Dave fixed us BLT’s for lunch and they were soo good… While I was hosting chat this afternoon I had left the back door open. All of a sudden I heard an awful racket here in the study. A hummingbird had come in and was trying to get out through the windows. Poor thing was so stressed. I went outside and got Dave and he came in and rescued the little guy by picking him up in his hand and let him go outside… I called Catherine and Margie… I did a load of laundry… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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