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, March 17, 2008

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!! I am back. I needed a break and it felt good to take some time off from journaling… Dave’s surgery went well and I am happy to report that it wasn’t cancer. Thank you God… Yesterday I went to a baby shower in Noble, Oklahoma for Erin and Kerry. I had a wonderful time visiting with everyone and it was so good to see Erin and Kerry again. Erin looked beautiful. She got about everything she will need for the baby. I got her a baby monitor. I won a game that they played and got a bag of goodies which included a box of caffinetated green tea. Dave still isn’t able to drive so a big thank you to Kenny for taking me to Lori’s sister Brenda’s house who drove me to Noble. Thanks Brenda… Today in the mail I received Virginia Bell and David Troxel’s book “The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities.” I am featured in this book along with some other DASNI friends. Thank you Virginia for the book. I so appreciate it… We got a good rain today and looks like we are in for more. This will be so good for our garden… I did laundry and made tortilia soup for supper… Good Night All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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