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 31, 2007

Last night I sat outside visiting with Kathy, it was a beautiful evening. It was so nice I didn’t even want to come in and chat with my friends in the chat room. I have to enjoy this nice weather while I can… Every morning when I finally get out of bed one of the first things I do is go outside and walk around my flower gardens. I can’t wait to see what is blooming or what is about to bloom… I have never seen so many butterflies before. They are all over the place and will sometimes land on me. If you want to see a green Oklahoma now is the time to visit. I don’t remember ever seeing Oklahoma so green. We are to have another thunderstorm tonight… People have been asking how I feel about my new diagnosis of mixed dementia and I tell them that I feel very blessed to have done so well after 12 years of diagnosis. I will continue to enjoy each day to the fullest… I have been really busy today. I hosted chat, did laundry, picked up for the maids visit tomorrow, and I fixed lunch and supper. Dave has been busy mowing… Our neighbors Bob and Kim and their boys came over tonight when they saw us outside. We love all our neighbors… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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