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.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

We got a good rain during the night…
This morning I made a list of things I wanted to get done today and I managed to get it all done… I went to the DASNI chat this afternoon. We had two new people who have dementia join us. It is always nice to meet new people… We went to town with my list. Went to Kohl’s looking for something to wear but wasn’t able to find anything I liked. Then we went to Home Depot, got a Lantana, violet, and more tomato plants. Then we went to Aldi’s and picked up some fish, fruit and vegetables… I fixed supper, potted the violet, and Dave planted the tomatoes and Lantana… Tonight I popped some popcorn and watched a movie “PS I Love You… Carole, and Josh called and Kenny came down to visit… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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