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, May 28, 2006

Last night Kenny invited us up to watch the fights on Pay Per View with them. I usually turn them down but Dave enjoys them so I decided I would go watch them with him… It was past by bedtime when we got home and I could hardly wait to go to bed… Today I noticed we have a tomato in the garden that is almost ripe. This will be our first homegrown tomato for this year. Yummy… I watered the indoor plants and the potted Geraniums outside. With the hot weather and strong winds we are having they dry out in a hurry… Today was in the 90’s again… I filled the Hummingbird feeder and it was out there no time till the wind emptied it. I fed the tomatoes Miracle Gro and the Roses too. Dave picked peas and I helped him hull them. That took awhile then I cooked them for our supper… I don’t know where today went but it flew by… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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