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.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Thanks to Dewey in Clemmons, North Carolina for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I have been busy doing laundry and I’m on my third load now… David called this morning and he and Lori will be keeping the grandkids over night. They are going to bring them out to visit us. We are fixing the spaghetti and Lori is bringing her homemade spaghetti sauce… A cranberry/apple pie is in the oven and the bread is rising… Kenny and Kathy came down also. What a great way to end 2005… Dave has been busy watering the trees and grass… Chip and George called… Wind is really strong today, just what we need when we are already so dried out here. Temperature is a warm 63 degrees… See you all next year… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, December 30, 2005

Thanks to Richard in Smithville, Tennessee for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … I have had a good day. Dave and I went to Tinker Air Force Base to pick up our drugs at the pharmacy… We listened to my new CD of the Gaithers going and coming… We stopped by to visit Rosalie and David while we were in the city. Rosalie is an old friend and it was so good to see her again… We stopped by Kentucky Fried Chicken and picked up our supper… Goodnight All… I watched a beautiful sunset on our way home. I was wishing I had the camera so I could post it here… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, December 29, 2005

We had more wild fires in Oklahoma City area today. I am so worried that we may have them here. It is so dry. I am praying for rain… I picked up and moved things around today. Hosted two chats and watched a movie. The nurse called and my infection is all cleared up. Thanks to Cipro… Dave and I are listening to the Holiday Bowl on the radio. OU/UO are playing... Goodnight All... Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Happy Birthday Lucy!!! Lucy is Dave's sister in Huntington, West Virginia...
We left early today to go for my doctor’s appointment. It was for a follow up urine test… Then we left do go shopping. I had some gift certificates for Christmas and I had to go spend some… We ran some errands and picked up a few groceries at Aldi’s. By the time we got home the nurse had already called and it was after office hours and too late to call her back. So I will find out in the morning about the results of my test… Going now to watch an OU basketball game on TV… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

It has been another warm but very windy day. There have been several wild fires and homes have been burnt and some were destroyed. It doesn’t even seem like December because it is so warm… I haven’t done much of anything today. We did get the tree taken down and all the Christmas stuff is back in the attic… I called Norita... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, December 26, 2005

Happy Birthday Alan!!! Alan is a DASNI friend in New Zealand… I have watered houseplants, hosted chat, and did laundry… Kenny called and invited us up for a steak supper. Thanks Kathy for a great dinner… Erin and Kerry you have been in my thoughts and prayers today… It was a warm 74-degree day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Madison, Grandpa David and Erin

Macey, our youngest great granddaughter

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Happy Birthday Carole!!! Happy Birthday Joanne!!! Carole is our DASNI friend in Missouri and Joanne is our friend in Benton, Arkansas… We got together with our family at granddaughter’s house last night and we all had a wonderful time. I am so blessed with a great family. As I was walking into Chris and Jennifer’s house I was busy looking at their beautiful decorated house and wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing and missed a step and fell down. Dave and Jennifer were able to get me up without calling in a crane. I am okay but a bit sore today. I am so thankful I didn’t break anything… It has been good to just have a quiet day at home today. Dave and Kenny were out flying their planes and I stayed inside eating everything I could get my hands on. I will have all this junk food gone in no time… David called and I called Carole and Joanne… A beautiful 60-degree day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, December 23, 2005

Happy Birthday Jennifer!!! Jennifer is our granddaughter in Moore, Oklahoma…
Neighborhood kids have been coming to our door and bringing us goodies and Christmas cards. They are so cute. We gave each a candy cane tootsie roll pop…
This hasn’t been a good day for me. I have been chilling and spent most of the day in bed… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, December 22, 2005

My deepest sympathies go out to our granddaughter Erin and her husband Kerry. They were so excited to find out if their baby was a boy or girl today. When they did they found out the baby was dead. I am hurting so bad for them today. I have tried to keep busy but can’t stop thinking of them. Kerry and Erin are in my prayers and I hope you all will keep them in yours also…
Today I cleaned the bathrooms, did laundry, dusted our bedroom, and watered the houseplants. My poinsettia are still looking very pretty… Dave has been helping me clean house and making cookie dough for the kids to cut out and bake Christmas Eve. The maids won’t be coming till next month… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

It has been another good for nothing day. I have rested most of the day. I watched “50 First Dates” … I have been chilling one minute and burning up the next… Tomorrow will be a better day… I noticed my Christmas cactus is starting to bloom… Today sure seems like it should be Thursday… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The snow we got last night was all gone by the end of today… I have been playing dominoes, solitaire, and eating most of the day. I don’t feel much like doing anything else… I still haven’t heard if the maids are going to come this week or not… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, December 19, 2005

Happy Birthday Roger!!! Roger is our nephew in Colorado Springs, Colorado…
The nurse called me this morning to let me know my sugar and cholesterol were all okay. She also reminded me I had a urinary tract infection and blood in my urine and that I need to be checked again after I finish the Cipro… Alfred and Martha came with their three grandchildren who are visiting from California. We exchanged gifts and had a nice visit… I received another box today. This one was full of assorted homemade cookies from a friend in Georgia… It is a good thing I don’t have to go for a sugar test today. LOL… Kenny just came in and said it was snowing out side… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, December 18, 2005

This morning I laid in bed, drinking coffee, and watching TV… The rest of the day I have been reading and playing solitaire. I did host chat and did a load of laundry. I am enjoying doing laundry with my new washer and dryer… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, December 17, 2005

This morning we received a package from Helen. Helen is my school friend in Marietta, Georgia. It was full of Christmas candies she had made. Helen that gift was full of your love. Thank you so much for doing this every year… I got the DVD “Dukes of Hazard” and the kids will come down later to watch it with me… Dave made a pot of chili. Good weather for Chili here. We had snow flurries this morning that turned to rain… I hosted chat and called Helen… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, December 16, 2005

It was a beautiful day here with no wind. That is very unusual for out here where we live… Kim from the Molly Maids called to let me know that one of the maid’s husband had been in a car accident and that they wouldn’t be coming to Piedmont today, just after I had gotten ready for them. Hopefully they will come next week… Since the maids didn’t come Dave and I got out and finished up our Christmas shopping. It feels so good to have that finished… I got a manicure... I did laundry, took care of house plants, and fixed supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, December 15, 2005

This has been a very hectic day for me. We left early this morning so I could get my lab work done at Dr. Brown’s. While I was there I asked if they could run a urine test on me since I haven’t been feeling well this week and running to the bathroom. They did and sure enough I had a bladder infection. I waited to get the results because we were going to Tinker AFB anyway to pick up other drugs. It was a long wait. Dr. Brown gave me a prescription for Cipro… We went by Sonic and picked up breakfast since I had been fasting for the lab work. I was ready for some coffee and breakfast… We got groceries after a long wait at the pharmacy… We got home and I helped put away almost $300.00 worth of groceries. Then I warmed up some of Lori’s leftovers and Lori they do come in handy. I was too tired to fix anything else… Then I had to hurry into the chat room so I could host tonight… I am really tired and I am off to bed now… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, December 14, 2005


Happy 7th Birthday Trevor!!! Trevor is our great grandson in Moore, Oklahoma… I have been dragging today. I was awake most of the night, I just could not get to sleep… I fixed potato soup for lunch and hosted chat… This afternoon I was chilling so went to bed and turned on the electric blanket and stayed there for the rest of the evening… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Thanks David and Lori for you comment here...
We didn’t make it to see the Christmas lights last night, as I was too tired after watching the movie… Harry’s TV and Appliance came this afternoon to deliver the washer and dryer. Now I will have to learn to do laundry all over again. We watched the DVD that came with it and I shouldn’t have a problem with it. I did a load of laundry, just couldn’t wait to try it out. LOL… I cleaned out our junk drawer, worked at getting recipes organized, took care of house plants, got caught up on e-mails, fixed supper, and hosted chat... I called Lori to thank her for the leftovers she gave us and she is ill. Lori I hope you feel better soon… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, December 12, 2005

Thanks to Kenny in Piedmont, Oklahoma and Susan in Canada for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I woke up this morning feeling still high from my birthday yesterday with my family… I forgot to thank everyone who made my day special. Whether you sent a card, gift, phone call, email, or just thought of me. I really did appreciate it… Today Dave took Cindy to be groomed and me out to get some Christmas lawn ornaments and to order me a new washer and dryer. The ones I have now, I have had since 1979. But they were Maytag and they have been good ones… Tonight we will go to Kenny and Kathy’s and I will take a DVD to watch. “Mr. And Mrs. Smith.” Then we may go look at Christmas lights… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Trevor and Jake Blowing Out Candles

Happy Birthday to ME!!! Today is my 66th birthday. How did I get this old so fast?I was wishing for a houseful of Poinsettias and last night I got my wish. Kenny and Kathy showed up at our front door with three large beautiful Poinsettias and they were all different colors. Thank you Kenny and Kathy… This afternoon we went to celebrate Jake and Trevor’s birthdays at Perfect Swing. It was very noisy there but I handled it ok. The boys had a great time playing games and etc… Then they all took me off to a surprise place to celebrate my birthday. I had no idea where they were taking me. We ended up at Johnny Carino’s in Norman. I had never been there before. The food was delicious. There was Dave and me, David, Lori, Kenny, Kathy, Chris, Jennifier, Jake, Trevor, Madison, Macey, Josh, and Heather… What a great time I have had today. David and Lori gave me a beautiful card and a new bird feeder with seed. Thanks David and Lori… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Poinsettia and Tree

Thanks to Debby in California and Mallamu from Guana for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book…
Dave left this morning for a haircut and came home with a beautiful Poinsettia for my birthday. I love Poinsettias and if I could I would have a house full but I will settle for a couple of them… I did a couple loads of laundry and picked up around the house. I hosted chat and started on a grocery list for when we go next week to do grocery shopping… I have been getting birthday cards all week and appreciating family and friends who can remember my birthday during this hectic time of year… I received a beautiful Hawaiian calendar from Jeanne… I called Duchess in Florida, Jeanne in Hawaii, and a school friend Lynn in South Dakota… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, December 09, 2005

We are enjoying the Christmas cards that come in everyday now. Many are picture cards and I enjoy them… I have paid bills, cleaned the bathrooms, did laundry, and hosted chat… I called Sandy in Ohio… Tonight I rode with Kenny to take Josh and Heather to their other parents home… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, December 08, 2005

David called this morning and also the nurse from Dr. Brown’s office called saying I needed to come in for some lab work. I had forgotten I was supposed to go back for that. I will do that next week… When I was in chat someone asked what I attributed to me doing so well after all these years. I came up with a list of things. faith in God. husband. 3. Thinking positive. 4. Always having something to look forward to. 5. DASNI 6. Chatting with online friends. 7. Keeping busy 8. Aricept. Not necessarily in that order… I was watching the birds at the feeder and under the feeder this morning really enjoying the seed that Dave puts out for them each day… The sun was shining today but still very cold. I plan on staying in… I made a donation to the Salvation Army. I couldn’t enjoy Christmas without sending a donation to the people who helped me have a nice Christmas when I was a child… I also made a donation to DASNI at: I have done a lot of resting today. It seemed like the right thing to do… Martha called… Good Night All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Brrrr it is cold here in Piedmont, Oklahoma. It is 14 degrees and a chill factor of -1 and snowing. Our first snow of the year and it is still fall… I hosted chats and will watch the rest of Pope Paul tonight. A lazy day for me…I have Diverticulitis… Janey in Illinois called… Good Night All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Happy 24th Birthday Chris!!! Chris is our grandson who lives in Oklahoma City…
Thanks to Vernon in California for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at
I have been busy today doing laundry. I did three loads and they are all folded and put away. I got to see the bottom of the hamper for a change… Dave and I watched Cinderella Man and then we both fixed supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, December 05, 2005

Last night I had a phone call from Margie in Kentucky. She is married in my cousin Ernie and I love her to pieces… This morning Kathy called and offered to get me out of the house and I jumped for that… Kathy took me to Red Lobster, which is one of my favorite places to eat. Then we did some shopping. I had a wonderful day and didn’t spend a penny. Dave should be real proud of me… Tonight we invited Kenny, Kathy, and Josh down for beans and cornbread. Heather was at a basketball game… I did some picking up around the house. I don’t know how the two of us can make such a mess but we do… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Happy Birthday Lynne!!! Lynne is our friend in Iowa Park, Texas… Happy Anniversary Ben and Bethel!!! Ben and Bethel are our friends in Dallas, Texas… I finished putting the ornaments and icicles on the tree… Reading more of “Dancing with Dementia” and wishing reading didn’t make me so tired… I called Lynne, Ben and Bethel, Chip, and Aunt Flo… I found this sight today and wanted to share it here: Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, December 03, 2005

I am feeling much better today. I have been listening to Christmas music on the radio… I fixed lunch, cleaned the bathrooms, paid bills, and hosted chat. This afternoon we had someone from India join us in chat… Dave has spent most of the day in his hidey-hole and I have finished off a bag of Wheat Thin Chips and started on a bag of Hickory Farm Mints. I get lonely so I eat. I am not bored just lonely… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, December 02, 2005

I had a good for nothing day. Just couldn’t get motivated to do anything. And what I did do wasn’t easy. I hosted chat folded clothes and put them away… Dave put our Christmas tree up and I wasn’t in any kind of mood to help him. Just one of those cloudy days… Tomorrow will be a better day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, December 01, 2005

I did laundry and hosted two chats. One was with Dr. Mitch… Dave and I went to run errands today, one of them was to get my new handicapped card, the other one had expired… We stopped at Subway to pick up our supper and I stayed in the car, as I didn’t feel up to going in and making all those decisions on what I wanted on my sandwich. I just let Dave pick what ever he wanted me to have… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma