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.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Today I am remembering the May 3, 1999 tornado. We were in it, Dave and me and three dogs were hiding in our bedroom closet. We were scared to death. My friend and neighbor, Linda was one who was killed in it… Ali, the physical therapist came this morning. I am thinking I only have one more day with her… I went to the DASNI chat room and chatted with my online friends. While I was there one of my neighbors came over. She is a crafty lady and I knew she made jewelry so I asked to see some pink earrings. She brought a tray full of earrings and since I have a terrible time making decisions I ended up buying three pair. I am always losing one earring… I went to see the chiropractor and got another treatment. I was hurting all weekend and that is what is making me so tired. The ice pack is a good friend of mine now… The flag was barely waving today, my kind of day. 73 degrees… Dave and I sat out on the back porch eating a ice cream bar and watching the birds. I made nectar for the hummingbirds, They were giving me dirty looks because their feeder was empty… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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