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, June 14, 2008

Yesterday's journal

This morning I finished clearing a path for the maids, did a load of laundry, and pulled weeds out of the flowerbeds. I saw Kathy up in the garden pulling weeds so I went up to see if she had sunscreen on and she didn’t. She had a bad sunburn not long ago from working in the garden and not wearing any sunscreen so I went in the house and got her some and took it to her. She found the first cucumber and laid it aside for me. But before I got to it Sammy, their dog ate it. Sammy had already picked a big zucchini and was eating it, even pulled the plant out by the roots. Anyhow Kathy found me another cucumber and I ate it and it was soooo good… After supper we went to look for a new desk for our study. We found a couple that we liked. Decisions Decisions… When we got home it was stormy so that is why I didn’t get this posted last night… I phoned David, Ben, and Joyce... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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