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, December 02, 2010

This morning physical therapy was here early to give me the ultra sound treatments. My back and neck are feeling much better… I ran the dust mop, fixed lunch, chatted with my DASNI friends, and then we went shopping for our Christmas present at Harry’s TV and
Appliance. They were having their Christmas party today. Santa and Mrs. Santa were there. Egg Nog, spiced cider, cookies, and popcorn. Plus they were giving away houseplants and calendars. Dave and I found the perfect Sony Television for our bedroom. The one we had in there was a twenty some year old Pioneer 50 inch rear projection screen. We kept waiting on it to quit but it never did but the picture wasn’t as good as we were wanting. Dave is hooking up our new one now while I fix supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Diane said...

Oh Mary, the joys of living in a smaller town. I think having a store that welcoming would make me weep! I miss small Oklahoma towns. Once Broken Arrow was like that. I am so happy for you!!! We replaced our gigantic rear projection TV last year. Like you, we joked it would never die because we wanted it to.
Hope you continue to feel better.

December 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM  

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