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.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Last night Dave and I went to Kenny and Kathy’s new house. Kathy was going back to her old house so I rode home with her and Dave stayed with Kenny. Kathy taught me some more stuff that I can do with iPhone. I really like my iPhone and now I wonder what I did without one… Kathy made some really neat burp cloths for me to give to our new neighbor who just had a baby. I took them up to Kelly today and I got to see and hold her new baby. She is so precious… It was another beautiful day. I spent a lot of time outside with the dogs watching the birds and butterflies. Dave has our little garden all tilled up now and he fenced it in to keep the dogs from digging in it. Now we need to get out and buy some plants… I folded laundry that I found in the dryer and put them away. I made hummingbird nectar and filled three hummingbird feeders and hung them out for when they decide to come visit us...Kathy sent home some leftover chicken and noodles and that is what we had for supper. They were yummy. Thanks Kathy… Carole called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Gayle @ Mountain Mom said...

Oh the lovely spring weather sounds delightful Mary! You better hop over and see the pictures of the tulips at my blog this week! It was a trip to remember.

April 11, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

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