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, June 27, 2007

Happy Birthday Sis!!! Sis is our friend in Rusk Texas…It was afternoon before I got out of bed and got in the shower. I wish I knew why I am dragging like this. I don’t like it one bit… I fixed a breakfast for supper… I went to chat and the friends there made me laugh and I needed that. What a great bunch of friends… I received an email from Laura, a good friend in Tennessee. It had been so long since I had heard from her that it brought tears to my eyes when I saw it… I got on my scooter and went to the garden but still too muddy for me. I checked on my flowers and the Hibiscus is ready to bloom and the Cosmos are so pretty. The Pansies are still very pretty. Usually they are about gone by this time because of the heat. They must be enjoying all our rain. We broke a record today with rain for fifteen straight days. I deadheaded the roses and I thought the mosquitoes were going to carry me away… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma
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