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.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Thanks to Lynne in Iowa Park, Texas for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book…
I woke up this morning thinking it was Sunday and it has seemed like Sunday all day… I rode my scooter up to Kenny and Kathy’s and Kathy gave me a plate of homemade chicken and dumplings and they were really good, just like the ones Mom used to make… While I was out on my scooter I checked on our garden and the corn has tassels. The squash is blooming and the onions are all gone. I have no idea what might have eaten all our onions. Probably the same varmints that ate our lettuce and radishes… I have loafed all day. I did make some nectar for the hummingbirds… Raccoons are eating the birdseed from our feeders so now we have to bring them in every night. We really do love living in the country… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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