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.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

We got up early this morning, ate breakfast and took our showers so we could go to David and Lori’s house… We played with Bella and ENZO while Lori made some delicious home made vegetable soup for our lunch. After we ate we watched a couple DVD’s that David had made of our old home movies. We laughed so hard. These were made back when the boys were little and Kenny was just learning to walk but he sure could dance. LOL… I am learning how to use our new iPhone gradually. So far I have learned how to make phone calls, text, take pictures, and make a video… While we were at David and Lori’s we saw several deer on their acreage and lots of birds at his feeders. He has a lot more birds than we have… I am getting more nervous all the time when we are traveling on the highways. There is so much traffic… The Bradford Pear trees are blooming and so is the forsythia bush… Dave has ordered a really neat flagpole off the Internet. Our other flagpole got broken in the strong winds we have here in Piedmont. This one is guaranteed for five years. I hope they know about Piedmont winds… Evelyn in Peru, Indiana called... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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