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, September 26, 2005

Our deepest sympathies go out to Lori and her family on the loss of her stepfather Mark. Mark was a good friend of ours. He passed away at his home last evening…
We had a nice dinner with Kenny and Kathy last night. Kathy’s Mother, Louise was there also. After dinner I rode with Kenny to go pick up Josh and got a hug from Teryl, Josh’s Mother… I made potato soup for lunch, hosted chat, and folded towels that had been in the dryer for a few days… This afternoon I walked up to visit with Kathy and to be there when Josh and Heather got home from school. Josh was real happy to see me. He got his progress report and it looked good… This evening Dave and I sat out on the back porch just enjoying the cooler weather. We saw several birds and butterflies. I think the Hummingbirds must have left. I haven’t seen any in several days… I got out my yarn; crochet hook, and knitting needles. I was hoping I could remember how to crochet and knit. I used to do both but now I can’t figure out how to do either one… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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