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 24, 2007

Today has flown by. I watched a couple Lifetime movies… Our neighbor’s Sean and Billie came over with their three little ones to visit. They brought us a pineapple upside down cake. What great neighbors. They walked up to see Kenny and Kathy’s new barn and left the baby with me for a while. So I got my baby Marley fix… Kenny tilled the garden today and it looks so much better. I was a little nervous about him doing it because I was afraid he might till up some vegetables so I was out there on my scooter supervising… Kenny and I went to the garden this evening I pulled some turnips and beets and Kenny picked the corn. Then I shucked and cooked it for our supper. Kenny and Kathy came down and brought steaks and we had steak and corn on the cob. Yummy!!! Dave is one hard guy to hold down. He is supposed to be on bed rest. I caught him out on the big tractor mowing. That stresses me…. The passion vine had it first flower today… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma
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