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, March 08, 2009

You couldn’t ask for a prettier day than today was. It was just perfect… I spent most of the day outside. I started cleaning out the flowerbeds. I went around checking on the trees. The peach trees are in bloom, and the tree Barbara Ruth gave us made it through the winter. I am happy about that… Kenny flew his plane for the first time today. I watched and prayed. He did a great job flying the plane. Kathy had to work today and when she got home he flew again so she could see. It is nice that he can take off and land in our back yards runway… Dave planted snow peas, cabbage, and turnips and I supervised… I called David and Martha…. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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