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.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

It was four years ago today that I lost my Mother. I miss my Mom so much… I folded the launry that was left in the dryer from the last time I did laundry, whenever that was? Kenny called and asked us to go to town with him just to get us out of the house. I told Dave to go and I would stay home. I thought I would give them some time together and I still had to ride my bike and I wanted to chat with my friends… I watched the movie “Forget Me Never" again. Each time I watch that movie I see things that I don’t remember seeing before… Well finally the weekend is over and tomorrow I will find out more about the mammogram and ultra sound. I am postive that everything will be okay… Kenny, I wanted to let you know that the roses in the flower arrangement smell so good… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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