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, May 10, 2007

Dave mowed the grass today, it takes him about all day to do that. So I got plenty of ME time... I hosted chats and picked up around the house getting ready for the maids to come in the morning. This will be the first time that the maids have come and I wasn’t here. I have a PET scan scheduled for in the morning… I am starting to feel better but still coughing… I walked up to check on the garden and noticed all the peas were gone. Not a pea plant to be found and we planted two packs of them. Our garden is so wet… Sunday our ADF friends will be arriving in OKC. We can’t wait to see them again. We all have a brunch reservation at the Biltmore on Sunday… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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