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.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

This morning I watched a movie but I can’t remember the name of it… We went to an Open House at our local Piedmont Pharmacy. I bought my first Christmas gift there and got free gift-wrapping. We left there and went to David and Lori’s for Madison’s birthday party. There were close to 50 people there. I went on a hayride with the kids. Then there was a bon fire with a wiener roast. The highlight of my evening was getting to feed an eight-week-old baby… Dave went to Kenny’s to watch the fights and I stayed home with the dogs… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger karen said...

sounds like great fun. I hope you stayed warm on the hayride.

November 21, 2009 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

ooo! a weanie roast, we need to do that around here. Miss you. Wish we were coming to OK for T-giving and could swing over there, but maybe, just maybe we'll finally meet sometimes in 2010.

November 22, 2009 at 2:25 AM  
Blogger Gayle @ Mountain Moma said...

Wow Mary, what a day!

November 22, 2009 at 6:10 PM  

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