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.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Today started out very windy but this afternoon the wind died down and it was just beautiful. I got out and checked on our trees. The Bradford Pear trees were budding and so were some of the others. The Lilies are peeking through the ground…. I sat out on the patio for a while watching the birds at the feeder, butterflies flying around, Kenny flying his sailplane, and the cows across the highway. Feeling like one lucky lady to enjoy so much… We were invited up to Kenny and Kathy’s to watch the Super Bowl and for a Spaghetti supper. Kathy’s Mother is visiting and she makes the best spaghetti sauce… I am tired so will say Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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