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, June 30, 2007

Last night I wanted turnips really bad so I waded up in the mud to the garden. It was too muddy for my scooter so I had to walk. I got the turnips and came back home to cut off the tops on the back porch. I was standing in the yard cutting off the tops when I don’t know really what happened but the next thing I knew I was laying in the muddy yard. Lucky for me that Dave and Kenny were near by. Kenny was getting ready to fly his plane and Dave was there with him. I hollered for Dave and they came and helped me get up. My shoulder was hurting and so was my arm. But I am okay but real sore today. I am so lucky that Dave was near by and that I didn’t hit my head on the birdbath that was near by… I hosted the afternoon chat and had a good crowd show up… Sean came over and had Marley with him so I got a Marley fix… Kenny picked corn and green beans for us and mowed our grass. Dave is still dizzy… We had a delicious supper from the garden again… I need to go host the evening chat… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma
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