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.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

It is a brand new month. I suppose this month will fly by just like last month did… I got up and had to get my butt in gear whether I wanted to or not. That is what happens if you spend a day in bed, you get a day behind… I did laundry, picked up, rode the bike, and hosted chat. Then we had to get ready to go to Dave’s Bible study. Martha and I enjoyed a catfish dinner picked up from the church. They serve a meal there every Wednesday. Dave and Alfred eat at the church… I was looking out the window this afternoon looking for birds when I saw two butterflies. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. But Dave saw them too… As we were leaving to go to Alfred and Martha’s I noticed there were a bunch of cows out in the field and I said here kitty kitty. Dave looked at me so funny. I realized what I said as soon as I said it and I still don’t know why I would call cows kittys. We both laughed… Dave gave me a Vit. B/12 shot. He is getting so good at giving them I don’t even fill it… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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