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.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

I am back after a wonderful week with my ADF friends. There were 14 of us for Sunday Brunch on Mother’s Day… For Mother’s Day I received two Daniel O’Donnell cd’s from my honey and David and Lori gave me a Double Knock Out Rose bush, a cd of The Secret, and a beautiful card. Kenny and Kathy gave me a dozen roses and fixed us a delicious steak dinner… On Monday everyone came out here to see our home and Dave showed them his planes and even gave them a private air show… Michael and Sally treated us to a wonderful dinner at Toby Keith’s Restaurant to celebrate my new diagnosis… The last of the visitors left yesterday. Janey spent the night with us Thursday night and we drove her to the airport yesterday evening… Every day since Sunday we had been doing things with our friends and it seems funny but good not to have to worry about what to wear and go any where today… The Hollyhocks are blooming and so are the Lilies… I found the ice cream in the refrigerator instead of the freezer. I wonder how that happened??? Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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