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, November 05, 2005

Dave woke me up early this morning so we could make a trip to Okemah. It is over a hundred miles from our house. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful trip. We went there to pick up some Pecan trees that Lori’s grandparents wanted us to have. Poor Dave dug and dug to get them out. But we have several pecan trees now and she also gave us a peach tree… On our way home we stopped at David and Lori’s to pick up some trees that they had for us. River birch tree, Crepe Myrtles, and a Red Bud tree… I have pecans and peaches to look forward too and some beautiful trees also. I love having things to look forward too... I came home and had to really talk myself into riding my bike but I did it and even added a minute… I am really tired and I am going to brush my teeth and put my tired body to bed… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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