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.

Friday, April 07, 2006

When I was out checking the Roses this morning I noticed the Peonies were up. Also have wild flowers blooming. I think I have lost one rose. Doesn’t look like the Cecil Bruner Rose is going to make it and it was my most expensive rose… Last night we don’t know what happened but the top of my angel fountain was lying on the ground busted. It wasn’t the wind because it fell in the wrong direction. It is concrete and Dave is thinking the Raccoons knocked it over… This afternoon we got a good rain. I am happy and so are the roses. This should settle the dust down some. It sure is cold; yesterday we were in the 80’s today we are in the 50’s. No wonder Dave has a cold. I sure hope I don’t come down with one… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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