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, February 13, 2006

I have been watching the Olympics since it started. My favorite is the ice-skating. Watching the games reminds me of when Dave and I attended the ‘84 Olympics in Los Angeles… I took care of the houseplants and got rid of a couple poinsettias because I am getting tired of them. I did keep one… I did laundry and watched a DVD “In Her Shoes.” Kathy called and said our onion sets came in. I checked my Oklahoma garden planting guide and it says to plant onions between February 15 and March 10 so we will be getting them planted soon along with some other things like peas, lettuce, potatoes, and etc… I have another web page I would like you to check out. It is Christine Bryden’s web page at: Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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