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, July 07, 2007

Happy Belated Anniversary Claude and Susan!!! Claude and Susan are friends in Canada…
Dave has always said that he wanted to do two things before he died. One was to take a helicopter ride and the second was to fly in a sailplane. He already had his helicopter ride and today he got his sailplane ride. It was a birthday gift from Kenny and Kathy. Dave hasn’t stopped smiling since his ride. I was going to stay home and rest my knee but Dave and Kenny talked me into going to watch and I am glad I went. Kathy went with us too. They had nice furniture in the airport so I was able to prop up my leg. It was a perfect day for a sailplane ride… Pictures are below this journal entry… I washed a load of laundry, fixed supper, and gave the flowers in the back yard a dose of miracle gro… Jeanne in Hawaii called and left a message while we were gone to let me know Laura in Tennessee was in chat. I am sorry I missed her… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

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