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, March 06, 2007

It was another pretty day… I went with Dave to run some errands. We stopped at the feed store to pick up two 50-pound bags of black oiled sunflower seeds. That should keep the birds happy for a while. Those red winged blackbirds can empty a feeder in no time. We put seeds on the ground for the meadowlarks. Dave said I missed the redheaded woodpecker this morning eating the suet… I think I might have fed my fish twice today. Guess I am going to have start making notes when I feed him… I made potato soup for lunch, answered emails, and took care of the houseplants and both the Christmas cactus and Crown of Thorns continue to bloom… My foot with the tumor in it has really been hurting today. It hurts all the time but sometimes it is almost unbearable… Tonight I hosted chat while listening to Daniel O’Donnell on OETA . His singing always puts me in a good mood… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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