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, April 19, 2009

We got rain during the night; we will take all we can get. It wasn’t enough to stop the motorcycles from riding and stirring up the dust. Dave was taking an afternoon nap and the noise from the motorcycles woke him up… I watched the Memorial Ceremony this morning on television for the 14-year anniversary of the OKC bombing. It is also the 14th anniversary of my diagnosis of Alzheimer’s… I picked up Sugar’s mess of shredded newspaper all over the house and ran the vacuum, made potato soup for lunch, went to the DASNI chat, and watched my favorite movie “OKLAHOMA”… Norita called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Buckley said...

The motorcycles are out here as well Mary. It seems it is the season.

April 19, 2009 at 9:35 PM  

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