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, March 19, 2008

I got up early this morning to go with Dave to the doctor. This was a follow-up appointment from his surgery… Everything was fine. I got permission from the doctor for Dave to do some landscaping. The doctor said as long as he doesn’t lift over sixty pounds it would be okay. So I am ready to put him to work… I got the laundry started before we left for the doctor… Our bradford tree is blooming and the flowering crapapple is full of buds… The sun was shining and it was warmer so was able to get out on my scooter. I went up to see Josh and Heather and later to see Kathy. I peeked at the garden from a distance. It is very muddy but we have a lot of onions coming up and turnips. I am sure other stuff is coming up to but I will have to check that later… I tried something I have never tried before. I made some Chicken Chow Mein for supper. Dave liked it… George and Martha called… I called Aunt Florence… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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