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, July 11, 2010

Yesterday I went swimming and by the time we got home all I wanted to do was go to bed and put an ice bag to my backside… Today I chatted with my online friends and did a load of laundry. I have to push myself to get anything accomplished… The ice cream truck came and took us for an ice cream… Please e-mail me if you read my blog. I need some encouragement to keep on blogging. ... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, July 09, 2010

The nurse’s aide came this morning and did some dusting for me… I did a load of laundry and fixed supper… I do not like the way these pain pills make me feel. I would never make a good addict… The nurse called and gave me my appointments for MRI and Mammogram. I will have both of them done next week… David called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Nurse came to see me this morning. I went to see Dr. Wilbanks about the pain in my lower back. He did a x-ray and didn’t like what he was seeing. So he ordered a MRI for me and gave me a prescription for pain pills… We ran some errands and got groceries at Aldi’s… I am watching the floods on television. They are all around us… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

This morning we went to Tinker Air Force Base to get our medicines… That trip always wears me out… I fixed supper and that was it for today… Dave went with Kenny to look at a biplane I called Duchess and George… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Dave took our car into the dealership this morning to get a minor repair done. They had to order the part to fix it. Glad it is still under warranty… I chatted with online friends, washed a load of clothes, made fresh nectar for hummingbirds, and fixed supper… Brenda, the Nurses Aide came to see me… Teresa in Arkansas called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, July 05, 2010

I slept late this morning… Kenny called and invited us out for a Spaghetti dinner and we couldn’t turn that down. He came to pick us up and after we finished eating he took us out for an ice cream… It hasn’t rained today but it looks like it could… Sharon Gerber called me... Going To watch “The Bachelorette”… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Birthday America!!! We went to David and Lori’s this afternoon. It was rainy but we celebrated Lori’s birthday anyhow. I have never seen so much food before and I am glad none of you could see my desert plate. It was sinful… I gave Lori her Lava Lava and she loved it… We saw the end of the fireworks in Piedmont and they are shooting them off all over our neighborhood. It sure is making my dogs nervous… I am sitting on that special heating pad that I have that water runs through it. I can’t think of the name of it. I go from ice to this. I am such a big baby, I just want this pain gone… Kenny and Kathy will be by later… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, July 03, 2010

I am still not worth anything today. I didn’t get out of bed until 2:00… Lori called and her birthday cook out has been postponed until tomorrow because of the rain… Tomorrow will be a better day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, July 02, 2010

I am so confused on what day it is and the holiday isn’t even here yet. Today seems like it should be Saturday… The Nurse’s Aide called me and said she was on her way to see me. I was outside feeding and deadheading roses when she showed up in my back yard. I had completely forgot that she had called me… I fixed lunch, chatted with friends, did laundry, and helped with supper. Lynne, we had Spam Supreme, I wish you and Larry could have been here… Dave mowed our 2 and a half acres and it looks so nice… Kathy called and her washer was messing up so we will go out there and see if Dave “MR. FIX IT” can fix it for her… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, July 01, 2010

After chat today we went to the grocery store and ran some errands... After putting groceries away, I fixed a quick supper. Then we went to help Kenny and Kathy with moving… We just got home and it is almost midnight. Josh came to help move also. It sure was good to see our grandson… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma