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, September 02, 2006

Yesterday was a very busy day for me. David and Lori came and brought Madison and Macey with them. I called in an order at the local Chinese Restaurant and asked them to pick it up on their way here. Madison wanted Chinese… We had a nice lunch and visit. After they left I laid down to rest then when Kenny got off work we went to the hospital in Lawton to visit Kathy’s Mother and my friend Louise. It was so sad to see Louise. She has had three strokes and I am afraid to say that she won’t be with us much longer… Josh drove us all the way there and back. He is learning to drive and is doing a great job. It was his first time to drive in a rainstorm. It was after midnight when we got home so instead of doing a journal I had going to bed on my mind and that is just what I did… I think Dave enjoyed his ME time while I was gone. But Shiloh missed me. She didn’t like the thunderstorms. Poor thing is scared to death when we have storms… Kenny cut our grass today besides cutting his ten acres. It took him most of the day to get it done. Thank you Kenny. We sure appreciate it… I folded laundry that I found in the dryer from a few days ago and hosted the afternoon DASNI chat at … Looking forward to watching the OU football game tonight on TV… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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