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 27, 2007

We got our trees planted just in time because it has been raining everyday. It is good to see the grass greening up… David called this morning, he was in the woods mushroom hunting and he had found ten. He called later and had found more, he was so happy. Last year he went to Indiana to hunt mushrooms with his Uncle George and didn’t find any. He ended up buying some to bring home. I have great memories of mushroom hunting with my Mother. She had an eye for them. Dave went out in the woods across the road and came home with only a tick… Dave colored my hair, I sure hope it makes me look better. Tomorrow I will get a haircut and that should do it… There was so much on the news about cancer today. Then this evening we get a call from Dave’s brother Richard in Tennessee that he has cancer. Please keep our brother in your prayers… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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