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.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Last night I took the movie “Spanglish” up to Kathy’s to watch and while we watched the movie Dave and Kenny visited out on their back porch…
Dave fixed a big country breakfast this morning for us, he even made gravy and did it so well. Then we had breakfast in bed… I am so lucky to have a husband like Dave. I thank God everyday for him… This afternoon Kelly, one of our neighbors, was having a Home Interior party and it was also a get acquainted party to meet all our new neighbors. I went and had a good time. One of the neighbors invited me in to see her new home. . I really enjoy seeing different homes as they are all so different. Then I invited a couple of them over to see our home and we also walked up to see the garden. They had never seen cabbage and broccoli in a garden before, only in a grocery stores… Martha and Alfred called and invited us over for dinner tonight. We are having a fish fry with the fish we caught last weekend… I have new roses blooming everyday now. I counted them this morning and I have twelve roses…. Goodnight All…. Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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