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, September 23, 2010

Last night we went to the State Fair and it was late when we got home. So that is the reason for no journal entry last night. Kathy went to the fair with us and we had a great time eating corn on the cob, corn dogs, funnel cake, and fried snickers. We were going to get turkey legs but by the time the Elvis show was finished the turkey leg places were closed… I keep forgetting to tell about our 50th anniversary party that Jeanne had for us at the Elks. It was so wonderful. We had beautiful hula dancers, band playing Hawaiian Wedding Song and even played Tiny Bubbles for us. Several of Jeanne’s friends came and brought gifts and cards and we renewed our vows. It was a beautiful place on the water. Thank you Jeanne for making our 50th anniversary so special and memorable… I have been doing laundry and picking up today for the maids. We sure need them… Redonna the Nurse came to see me… Dave went to the doctor and we are waiting to hear back from his lab work. He has been having back pain and they gave him a steroid shot for that and I am hoping it helps… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger lori said...

That was a wonderful evening of celebrating 50 years...we had lots of fun.

September 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

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