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, August 22, 2007

The headaches are gone today… It was almost noon when I woke up this morning but that is okay because I am retired… I am starting to get sore from exercising and I have added riding the bike after I do the tables… When I got home I dusted our bedroom, did a load of laundry, fixed supper, and hosted chat. We had a fun chat tonight. We have a new guy from Brazil and we were talking about foods, our favorite topic. I mentioned I had fried taters for supper and Lynne mentioned she had spuds. Cris wanted to know what spuds and taters were. Cris said he was going to have to buy another dictionary. LOL Dave and I are really enjoying our watermelons from the garden and we are sharing with the neighbors… Dave replaced the air filter and fuel filter in the motor home. I called my friend Lynn in South Dakota and she will be attending our 50th class reunion. She was my best friend in high school and she and her husband Bob stood up with us when we got married… Tonight I went to the garden with Dave while he picked okra then I went in to visit with Kathy and the kids. We sat out on their back porch and watched three deer in the field... Kenny just left; he brought us a sack full of corn from the garden. This is from our second planting… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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