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.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Thanks to Jeanne Lee in Honolulu, Hawaii and Eric Lowery for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… Last night Kenny and Josh came down to visit… The trees in the woods are just beautiful. I have such a great view out my window… Today has been a better day. I have got quite a bit accomplished. Laundry, chats, watered the pansies and the indoor plants, repotted a plant, picked up around the house, and fixed supper… Dave cleaned the fish aquarium for me. What a job that is. But it looks so much better. Thanks Honey… Alfred called and said he and Martha will be here tomorrow evening. He said he was bringing Beef Stew and Corn Bread. I have a Rhubarb Pie in the freezer that I will bake… A windy day and 82 degrees today… Tonight I rode with Kenny and Kathy to take Josh and Heather to their other parents. We saw a couple deer run out in front of us on the way home. Luckily we didn’t hit them. Kenny treated me to a Butterfinger Sonic Blast. Yummy… I called Lori and we had a nice talk… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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