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, May 20, 2007

A beautiful day in Piedmont… I am still resting from the running around we did last week while my work piles up… We got the first vegetables from our garden, turnip greens and radishes. The squash will be ready later this week and I can’t wait… I watered the Roses and the flowers in pots. While I was outside I noticed so many butterflies. They are enjoying my flowers and the wild flowers in the field next to us and I am enjoying the butterflies… I fixed supper. Dave has been really busy with putting down new grass and keeping it watered. He also tilled our garden… I have been listening to The Secret… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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