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, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!! Happy Birthday Carole!!! Carole is a DASNI friend in Missouri… We had a terrible blizzard yesterday. It was the biggest snowfall ever for Oklahoma, Over 14 inches of snow. We did have a white Christmas. All toll roads and interstates were closed. It was the first time ever that we had to cancel our family Christmas Eve gathering… Kenny and Kathy who live two miles away got stuck in drifts last night trying to get over here to bring us Christmas dinner and our gifts. They never did make it… We had snowdrifts blocking our front and back doors. I could hardly get the door open far enough to let the dogs out. This afternoon Cliff, one of our neighbors came with a snow shovel and ice melt and cleared our front and back porch for us… Tonight Kenny and Kathy made it over and brought us dinner and our gifts. Dave got an hour of tail wheel instruction in a Cessna 170 and I got a Amazon Kindle… We hope to make it to David and Lori’s tomorrow… Yesterday the mailman brought us a box of home made candies from Helen, a school friend in Georgia… Please keep my friend Carole in your prayers. She is hospitalized and is having heart surgery soon… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger karen said...

We had a white Christmas in Arkansas too. But only around 2 inch's here. Merry Christmas and your friend is in my prayers so are you always.

December 25, 2009 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger Gayle @ Mountain Moma said...

Glad you made it through the storm OK Mary. Merry Christmas, miss you!!

December 25, 2009 at 6:58 PM  

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