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, April 15, 2007

It was a beautiful day with a lot of sunshine and little wind… I cleaned the bathroom, filled the bird feeders, and fixed supper… Yesterday I forgot to say that I was thinking of my friend Rosalie who I hadn’t heard from in a long time. I called her son with whom she lived and he told me she passed away in September. No one let me know. David, her son said that her daughter was supposed to have called me but she didn’t. I met Rosalie at International Spa back in the 80’s where we went to exercise four times a week. She was a good friend and I will miss her… Yesterday there was a redheaded woodpecker sitting on one of our birdhouses, he was so colorful. Also we had nine doves under our bird feeder. I love the doves… Dave and Kenny flew their planes this afternoon and evening… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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