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.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Today would have been my sister Lula's birthday...
I got up early this morning and stripped the bed because the maids are usually here early in the morning. I waited and waited for them to show up. Finally about 4:00 they got here… Dave drove the motor home around the area to get it warmed up so he could change the oil. The dogs and I went with him for the ride. Nothing better to do… I deadheaded the roses… We had showers this afternoon and I was out walking in them. It was the perfect shower to do that. Later when Dave and I were sitting on the back porch watching the blue birds we saw a rainbow… I took my laptop outside so I could chat outside. It was a beautiful evening… David and Howard called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma… My email:


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