Mary's Place

A web page about the life of a lady who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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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, December 27, 2009

Kenny came yesterday morning and shoveled our sidewalks and our long driveway for us. Later he came back and loaded us up with our gifts and took us to Norman to David and Lori’s for our family Christmas. Lori prepared a nice meal for us and Kathy made a delicious strawberry cake. Everyone had a good time… The roads were pretty much cleared; we saw several abandoned cars that had slid off the road the day before… I have been extra tired today, so I have taken it easy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

2 Comments:

Blogger Gayle @ Mountain Moma said...

Oh, love the picture of all of you Mary! You really have a large family for only having two boys. That is a blessing!

December 28, 2009 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger karen said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful safe Christmas. Okla. got the worst of it. NW Arkansas just got around 2 or 3 inch. It was pretty. Happy New Year!!!

December 28, 2009 at 1:33 PM  

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