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, June 06, 2005

We had a good time last night visiting and eating a delicious meal with Alfred and Martha. The fish tasted fresh caught. I did a good job of freezing them. I froze them in water and that made them taste like fresh fish. Martha and I tried to watch a movie but we couldn’t stop talking long enough to watch it. Oh well… It was late when we got home and I had had a big day… This morning I woke up in a fog when Dave came into the bedroom to bring my oatmeal and coffee. He said you don’t look so good. He can always tell if I am having a cloudy day by just looking at me… I fed and deadheaded flowers and repotted a couple houseplants, and did laundry and I saw the bottom of the hamper for a little while… Dave and I are looking forward to the Alzheimer’s Summit in Tulsa on Friday and I am really looking forward to meeting Heather. Heather is a 29 year old who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and she and I will be running the DASNI booth… Tonight we have been invited to another couples home that just moved in to our addition for a get to know your neighbors meeting. Oh boy!!! I will get to see another new home… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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