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.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Today is the 13th anniversary of the Murah Bombing in Oklahoma City. This morning I watched a special on television, A Time To Remember. Bob Woodruff and his wife Lee came in for the event and Bob spoke. I still get teary eyed watching it… Today is also the 13th anniversary of my diagnosis of Alzheimer’s… Dave and I went to TLC today to pick up the rest of what we needed for our landscaping, also got some Geraniums, tomato plants, and pepper plants. It was so crowded I think everyone was out doing what we were doing… We went by Braum’s to pick up milk and to Wal-Mart to get Dave’s stuff for his colon scope that he is having done Thursday… I supervised while Dave finished off the landscaping and I did some watering… I fixed supper and now I am tired… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Diane Thornton said...

Congratulations on reaching your 13th anniversary of diagnosis. It is so far from what you were lead to believe, and so much richer and more beautiful than you probably could have imagined. Much love and blessings, kisses and hugs to my fellow traveler and her family.
Diane Thornton

April 21, 2008 at 8:11 AM  

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