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, September 03, 2006

Our condolences go out to Kathy and her family on the loss of her Mother Louise last evening… This morning I saw Kathy sitting out on her back porch so I went up to give her a big hug. We both cried and it is going to be tough on Kathy as her Mother and she were so close. We are all going to miss Louise very much… I had a hummingbird fly into the house and I caught it and let it go back outside where he belonged… It has been another beautiful day here. I have been sitting outside enjoying all the beautiful butterflies and watching Kenny and Dave fly their planes… I love this time of year when we don’t need heat or air conditioner, especially after this past electric bill… I cleaned the bathrooms, picked up around the house, did laundry and fixed supper. We have had our last supper brought in and now we are on our own and just when I was getting spoiled… Goodnight All... Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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