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, July 02, 2006

Last night we weren’t able to see the fireworks from our house. Kenny wanted me to go with him and Kathy to Piedmont to watch them. I was very tired, it was past my bedtime and was going to refuse but he wouldn’t let me. I have to admit I was glad I went. It was one of my favorite firework shows. Dave didn’t go, he was hurting really bad after mowing all day. He will be so happy when the doctor removes the stint on Wednesday. Me too, because I don’t like seeing my honey hurt… Dave cleaned the aquarium for me today. The fish and I are both happy… All I want to do is hold Shiloh, she is so sweet. She enjoys being brushed which is a good thing since she has long hair. We are beginning to think she is a Papillion. Here is a description of a Papillon. “The Papillon is a small, friendly, elegant Toy dog of fine-boned structure, light, dainty and of lively action. He is distinguished from other breeds by his beautiful butterfly-like ears. Paps are very devoted to their masters, with a hearty spirit making them desirable for show or companionship. Papillons are hardy and usually long lived. They adapt to almost any climate and are comfortable in an apartment as well as the country. They are good travelers. They love to be with their family. They are friendly, happy and eager to please. They rank the number one Toy Dog in obedience”… Shiloh started eating the dry dog food today. Yesterday we broke down and bought her some canned dog food because she wouldn’t eat… I did a load of laundry and fixed a fish supper. My lower back was killing me by the time I finished fixing supper… Dave and I sat outside and watched the neighbor’s fireworks tonight. All of our dogs got very nervous… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Luca's Mom said...

God Bless You Mary. I stumbled upon your blog and have spent the last little while getting to know you . . . You seem like a kind and genuine person, and I will say a special prayer for you and your family tonight.


July 3, 2006 at 2:48 PM  

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