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.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Mary Beth!!! Mary Beth is our niece in North Carolina… Thanks to Sandy in Ohio and Caj Aberg in Sweden Europe for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … Dave woke me up early this morning so I could have breakfast, take a shower and get ready for church. We went to church and I handled it well. I was worried about panic attacks but I think seeing familiar faces there helped. Our neighbors Bobby and Kim were there waiting for us when we pulled up. There were two other neighbors there too… We had Wes come and look at our landscaping. He is going to do some pulling of weeds and trimming for us. That will help us a lot. We used him at the old home place to trim some trees. Kenny mowed some of our acreage for us which was a big help… I spent most of the afternoon and evening outside. While I was outside I took several pictures to add to my blog which you can see below this… I noticed today that my passionflower was blooming. I have waited all summer for it to bloom… David called and said that the cow that he named after me, Mary Edith, had a calf this morning. No name yet for the calf… We are having Mexican tonight with Kenny and Kathy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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