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, July 25, 2005

Our neighbors Robert, Kim, Zachary and Ethan from across the street came to visit last night. We had given some tomatoes to them and Kim made us some of her delicious salsa and brought us some and also gave me her recipe so now we can make it. We took them up to see our garden and the boys had a ball looking around at all the vegetables growing. We let them pick their own vegetables to take home with them and gave them a watermelon too…
I did laundry and fixed supper…
Lori called me… We called Aunt Flo. She is suffering from a fractured back. Please keep her in your prayers… Tonight we went to Wal-Mart and Lowe’s… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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