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.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Happy Groundhog’s Day! Oklahoma used a bison for a groundhog today and he did see his shadow. Oh NO, six more weeks of bad weather. The sun was out today and melted our snow. But it was much colder out than it looked… We ran out of sunflower seeds yesterday. I can’t stand to see the birds doing without so I sent Dave to get another 50 pound bag of black oiled sunflower seeds… I watered the houseplants and when I did I noticed my Christmas cactus was blooming. I never know when it is going to bloom. It looks like this time it is blooming for Valentine’s Day. One of the Poinsettias left over from Christmas is still looking pretty… I chatted with my DASNI friends, did a load of laundry, and got them all put away and fixed supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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