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.

Friday, September 18, 2009

I have been confused all day. It seems like Saturday instead of Friday to me. I even called my friend Jean to wish her a Happy Birthday and her birthday is tomorrow… I have spent most of the day outside. Dave was busy putting in new flooring in his trailer and I was able to help a little bit… I pulled weeds out of another flowerbed. Seems liked I get one bed cleared and soon it is time to start all over again… We had a fun chat today. We are making plans to go to a Hawaii. I sure hope it works out so we can all go… I fixed supper and went back outside to pull more weeds… We saw a cow that got loose and was on Kenny’s acreage. Our dogs saw it first and were having a fit. Dave went on the four wheeler and chased it back toward home… I had a phone call from Sharon this morning. Sharon is Chip’s wife. It was nice hearing her voice and catching up with her… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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