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.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Happy Birthday Norita!!! Norita is our sister in law in Lake Isabella, California…
I have been busy again today finishing up the laundry, paying bills, fixing lunch, going to chat, made more nectar for the hummingbirds, and helped Dave fix supper… Tonight after supper Dave was outside talking to a friend on the phone when he spotted a snake. He went into the garage to get a hoe to kill it. We have one less snake out here now. I bet I am more careful now when I go outside to check on the flowers… Last night Lynn called and we had a nice chat before she left on her trip to Europe. She will be speaking over there on Alzheimer’s and other dementias… I had phone calls from Nancy, David and Lori, and Chip… I heard from Paula from the local Alzheimer’s Assn. And she has given me another lady who was looking for a phone buddy so I called Geraldine and we talked for quite awhile. Her husband was just diagnosed with Dementia. She was very happy I called her… I called Norita and sang Happy Birthday to her… Dave picked me a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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