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, July 30, 2009

We got over two inches of rain during the night. Our grass is greening up and the trees are happy. The garden is muddier. I saw deer tracks when I was up there today. Kathy said they have been eating the okra… We waited all day for the doctor’s office to call. The doctor told Dave they would call today and let him know about the lab work but they didn’t. GRRRR… It was a beautiful day in the 80’s. I spent a lot of time outside with the dogs. The Passion Vine is huge and is loaded with flowers. Also the Bees Jubilee Clematis is blooming… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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