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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I was allowed to use my new ramp for the first time today and it works great… I was out working in my flower garden, deadheading flowers, and etc. Of all the flowers I have I think the butterflies like the cosmos best… I went up to the garden and we are going to have so many pumpkins we will have our own pumpkin patch. The watermelons and cantaloupes are coming on good too. The cucumbers have about quit… I stopped by and visited with Kathy then I went over to get my Marley fix. It has been awhile since I have seen her. Billie was telling me that she has been called to the daycare to feed Marley because she won’t take a bottle for them. So I tried and got a few ounces down her but she really wanted to nurse… I have never seen so many little frogs. The ground is covered with them… I keep forgetting to mention but on Monday I saw three turkeys across the road… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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