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.

Monday, May 09, 2005

We had a call this morning from the repairman that they were coming to make some repairs on the house. They came and left and will finish up tomorrow… I planted some flower seeds that my cousin’s wife had given me and I have some seeds soaking that I will plant tomorrow. I pulled weeds out of the flower garden and the more I pulled the more would show up or at least that is the way it seemed. It is really looking good now… Dave was busy pulling weeds in the front yard and did some mowing. Kathy worked hard in our garden watering and pulling weeds. She also got the watermelon and cantaloupe seeds planted then she fixed a big pan of lasagna and invited us up to eat with them. It sure was some good stuff. Thanks Kathy for asking us to join you… I am extra tired tonight… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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