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.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Kathy!!! Kathy is Kenny’s wife… I woke up at six this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep… At around 11:00 we got a call from our realtor saying that we had a showing this afternoon at 4:30. She said for us to take the dogs and leave for about thirty minutes. Dave had just started to defrost the freezer in the garage when she called so he finished that and we started cleaning the inside of the house. It was spic and span. We loaded up the dogs and took a trip out to Cashion. When we got back they were still here. So we stopped in at our next-door neighbors until they left… We are hoping that it was a good sign that they stayed so long looking. We can’t wait to get moved. We should hear from our realtor tomorrow… Tonight we were invited over to Kenny and Kathy’s for a spaghetti dinner then later had birthday cake and ice cream… It has been a long day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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