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, June 02, 2006

It has been a busy day here. First thing was the lady came from All American Medical to evaluate me for an electric scooter. Dr Davoli, my orthopedic doctor sent her out and it looks as if I will be getting my scooter next week. That sure will help with me getting around… Then the Molly Maids came to clean our house. Our house is clean and I did two loads of laundry, all washed, dried and put away. So now maybe I can play this weekend… While the maids were cleaning I sat outside on the back porch watching all the butterflies and birds. It was my kind of day, not too windy or hot… David called and I got to talk to Madison and Macey. Madison was saying “Grandma 3 I love you so doggone much” LOL Macey was trying to talk but still hard to understand what she is saying… I fed the Crepe Myrtles and hosted the evening chat… I am extra tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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