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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Happy Belated Birthday Lynn!!! Lynn is our DASNI friend in Vancouver, BC... We got rain last night and it looks like we may get a chance for more tonight and we will take all we can get… Dave took the motor home in for a transmission problem that started on our vacation. Found out it was a problem that was on recall. Lucky for us… The Schwan man came today and I made him happy when I gave him a large order. I will do almost anything to keep from going to the grocery store… Tonight I fixed some of Lori’s leftover vegetable soup for supper. It was quick and delicious. David brought us Lori’s leftovers when he visited us Saturday… Tonight I sat outside eating popcorn and being entertained by Dave flying his sailplane, Kenny cutting his grass and the birds flying in and out of the birdhouses. Dave bought sunflower seeds today and filled the feeders but so far the birds haven’t noticed it was there. They were without seed for so long… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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