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.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

I made more nectar for the hummingbirds. They sure keep me busy but they also keep me entertained. As do the other birds at the feeders that we keep filled with black oiled sunflower seeds… I deadheaded flowers and pulled some weeds. I have to be extra careful bending over to pull weeds because I just may fall. My knees have been known to give out on me. And that is not a pretty site… The farmer across the highway has brought his cows back and I am happy for that as I really enjoy watching them… I have been watching the OETA channel most of the day it is the PBS station. They are showing old shows like the Grand Ole Opera, Elvis, and etc… I started riding my air dyne bike today. I rode for a mile and burned up a total of 15 calories… More storms this afternoon and our power went out just as I got our supper ready. It was out for four hours. Dave had the generator from the motor home hooked up to the refrigerators and freezers… I called David and Lori. Kenny called and came down… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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