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.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Our Internet was down last night so couldn’t post a journal… Here it is…
July 22, 2007
This afternoon Dave and Kenny built me a ramp out of concrete and I supervised. I got tickled watching Dave and Kenny because it looks like Kenny is turning into his dad. They are reversing roles. I had a ramp but it was one that Dave had built out of wood. I pulled weeds and deadheaded flowers. It sure is hot out there, doesn’t take long for me to get overheated… Tonight we went to eat Mexican food and Kenny, Kathy and Heather joined us… When got home we found half of a strawberry cake setting on our back porch. I knew right away who had brought it because I recognized the plate as belonging to Billie… David and our nephew Dan called… Supervising is a hard job, I am so tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma ...

Happy Birthday Vernon!!! Vernon is a DASNI friend in California…
We woke up to a thunderstorm this morning and got a good rain out of it… I did laundry, fixed lunch, and helped clean off the back porch… Joyce called… Going to watch “Saving Grace” tonight, our friend Michael In Hollywood, California is the key grip… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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