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.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

This morning as I was going out the back door to go to the garden. I noticed two geese walking in our back yard. I had never seen geese here before. I was thinking about getting my camera so I could take a picture when Shiloh spotted them and she felt it was her duty to chase them off... I walked up to the garden and saw more vegetables peeking out of the ground. Then I walked around and checked all the trees. I was worried about a couple of them since they didn't look very good after our last freeze but after checking I saw new growth on them. Then I came in and got most of the house plants and took them out to the back porch. I fed the tomato and pepper plants and all the flowers in the back yard.... Jan/Mina surprised us today and showed up in our DASNI chat room. Jan/Mina was one of DASNI originals. I first met Jan in Montana where we were forming DASNI... Goodnight All... Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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