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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Erin, our granddaughter in Norman called this morning to say that she and her Yorkshire puppy Daisy Mae were coming to visit us… I did laundry, swept the front porch and deadheaded and fed flowers… I fixed grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for lunch and Erin had lunch with us. Erin put the rest of my phone numbers in my cell phone for me and that was a big help. She had no idea how many numbers I had when she agreed to do that for me. She also changed the phone ring tone for me so now it will ring several times before the voice mail kicks in and that gives me some time to find the phone. We just visited the rest of the afternoon. We always enjoy it when Erin comes for a visit. I wish she didn’t live so far away… The Schwan lady came today and I ordered some steaks and Dave fixed them out on the grill. We don’t get to use our grill much out here because of the strong winds… Kathy came down tonight and brought us squash and zucchini she had picked from the garden. We sat out on the patio and visited while the guys flew their planes… Tonight after dark Dave and I were out on the patio and saw a lot of lightning bugs… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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