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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I finally finished up the two weeks of antibiotics and the sinus infection is all gone… Last night I was having a terrible time talking, I hope it was only because I was tired… I hosted the afternoon DASNI chat and we were so happy to see our Sandy in Ohio back. We have really missed chatting with her… I got on my scooter and went to the garden. I am really enjoying the radishes; they make a great snack. Everything else looks about the same. We need rain so badly; the strong winds we are having are really drying everything out. While I was out on my scooter the dogs were right behind me. They love it when I get on my scooter. I stopped in to see Kathy, Heather, and Josh… I fixed us some sun tea and fixed supper, sausage, peppers, and onions yummy… Dave and Kenny bought a full size tractor and now they think they are real farmers. LOL… Dave and I sat out on the back porch this evening drinking iced tea and watching the blue birds around the log cabin birdhouse… I called Lori... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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