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, July 06, 2006

As soon as I had breakfast and had my shower this morning we left to go pick up David and Lori at the airport. The plane landed right on schedule and no lost luggage. We brought them to our house so they could meet Shiloh and they loved her too… Then we took them to Piedmont to the Mexican Restaurant and we all enjoyed a delicious meal. Then we took them home to Norman. They are happy to be home and we are happy that they are home… The traffic was terrible today. I don’t know when I have been so scared. People were driving crazy. I was sure happy to get back home safely… Goodnight All… Shiloh has started to growl at the other dogs. All of a sudden she thinks she is boss. LOL… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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