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.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

This morning I watched Church services on TV… The other day I received a letter from Norita and some more red poppy seeds. I will get them planted and I hope next year that they will all come up… Kenny came down this morning and I walked around the yard with him as he was spraying round up on our weeds. He takes good care of us… Dave has been cleaning out the flower beds and putting down fresh mulch… I cleaned the bathrooms, kitchen, and cleaned the fish tank… We got a good rain this afternoon, so much for the weed killer. Dave took me for a drive in the car. While we were out we saw a beautiful rainbow and later when we got home we saw another one… I am watching the Tony Awards… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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