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, September 05, 2006

I have willed my body to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. All I had to do was fill out the paperwork they sent me and have two witness sign it. They mailed me a card that is to be kept in my billfold. The only thing I have to worry about now is that they don’t take obese people. Maybe I will lose some weight before I die… I deadheaded the roses in the rose garden. The roses are so pretty right now. I would post a picture but for some reason I can’t get a picture to post here anymore… Kenny is taking the week off work to be with Kathy. Kenny and Kathy had to make a trip to Lawton so we invited Josh to eat with us. Heather had gone to a friend’s house. I hosted the afternoon chat, did a load of laundry, and did some computer work… Dave is continuing to do well… Tonight the dogs and I followed Josh on his walk down the runway. I was on my scooter. It wasn’t long till the mosquitoes tried to carry us away. Josh said who says Grandmas can’t have fun. A beautiful moon tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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