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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Thanks to Christopher in Baltimore, Maryland for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at I am back after another break. Sometimes I just need a break… I watched the cows walking along the fence across the highway. I love watching the cows and also the birds at our two bird feeders… I cleaned the bathroom and took care of the houseplants. My Christmas cactus is so pretty in bloom and the pansies that we planted last fall are still blooming after all our freezing weather. The tulips are up and I can’t wait till they bloom… We finally found my video we made of “Forget Me Never” and I watched it today. The movie is about Diana McGowin’s life with Alzheimer’s. Diana also wrote a book “Living in the Labyrinth.” Diana is a good friend of mine and we still keep in touch. I wrote to her after reading her book when I was first diagnosed and I was so thrilled when I received a letter back from her… I am still hosting chats in the DASNI chat room We with dementia love having our own room to chat in where we can share, laugh, and cry together. The caregivers have their own room in the Alzheimer’s chat room. It was great having Tom in Texas back in chat this afternoon… I didn’t mean to be so windy today… Thanks to all of you who called and sent emails about missing my journal. You all are the ones who help me to keep on keeping on… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, February 17, 2007

It was three years ago today that my Mother passed away. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my Mother. I sure do miss her. But I know some day I will join her in heaven… I cooked a pot of ham and pinto beans and made cornbread… In the mail this morning I received a letter from Lynn in South Dakota. Lynn and I went to school together and she plans to attend our 50th Class Reunion… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, February 16, 2007

I think I must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning because I have been in a bad mood all day… The maids came and cleaned the house. I did some laundry, fixed lunch, and hosted both chats… It was 8 degrees here this morning with strong winds... Tomorrow I will make sure I get up on the right side of the bed... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Our condolences go out to Marty in New York and her family on the loss of her husband Dick…
Thanks to Sue in Canada for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at
Dave made me get out of bed this morning for an appointment with my Asthma doctor. I was begging him to reschedule but he just wouldn’t do it… Picking up around the house, getting ready for the maids visit tomorrow, helped fix supper, and hosted chat… George and Norita called. Norita said that she and Wesley were outside looking at butterflies and daffodils and Wesley was barefooted. . All this time I was looking out of my window at the snow falling and 19 degrees… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Happy 4th Anniversary Morris and Andrea!!! Morris and Andrea are our friends in Houston, Texas and they met at DASNI… Dave went to get the report of his CT Scan this morning and got a good report. He doesn’t have to return now till August… I woke up with a cloudy head this morning and I still am not too bright… Dave gave me a beautiful bouquet of red roses and this afternoon Kenny showed up with another beautiful bouquet of flowers. I am one lucky lady… Dave fixed us a delicious supper. I sure do love that guy… Josh got his progress report and he got one B and all the rest were A’s. Great Job Josh! It is snowing and I have been watching the Cardinals at the feeder. What a beautiful site. It is supposed to be in the 60’s next week and I am ready for that… Lori and David called and I called Josh and Martha… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

This afternoon I got out in the freezing weather and went to see the dentist. He gave me a couple of choices, either have a couple teeth pulled or see a specialist and now I am trying to make a decision. Not easy for me to do. Guess I will wait until I start having a toothache again… I popped us some popcorn and now I am watching the dog show on TV… I hosted the evening DASNI chat at … Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, February 12, 2007

Thanks to Edie in Dayton, Indiana for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book… I have been doing laundry since I got up this morning. I fixed lunch, hosted chat and took care of the houseplants… We had a nice surprise in chat this afternoon. Alan Gibb and his wife in New Zealand had visitors and it was Paul and Christine Bryden from Australia. Christine chatted with us. Alan had kept their visit a secret from us for a long time. Christine wrote the book “Dancing With Dementia.” I highly recommend her book… They had a 3.0 Earthquake in the Oklahoma City area today. People in our old neighborhood felt it. I called Doris and Frank and they felt it. Doris said it sounded as if someone ran into their home… We haven’t seen the sun today. Nothing but a drizzling rain… Doctor’s office called and said all my lab work was okay but the doctor said I was developing osteoporosis and I need to start Boniva for that. What’s another pill? … Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Thanks to Aralee in Schertz, Texas for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at I watched the movie “ The Beverly Hillbillies” this morning and laughed out loud… I hosted the afternoon chat and loafed the rest of the day… Yesterday I received a nice letter from Carolyn a school friend that now lives in Florida… I watched the Grammy Awards on our new TV… Goodnight All… Keeping the Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, February 10, 2007

I watched a good movie this morning and now I can’t remember what it was… We called our friends Alfred and Martha to go out to eat with us tonight. We went to Eischen’s in Okarche for fried chicken. We had heard it was the best in the state. It was at the oldest bar in Oklahoma since 1896. It was very noisy and crowded but the food was good and with all my medicines I take I handled the crowd and noise pretty well… When I got home I hosted chat… David called and he caught me up on all that is going on at the Lockhart farm… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, February 09, 2007

Happy Birthday Ben!!! Ben is our friend in Irving, Texas…
This morning I had to get up early and get out in the freezing weather to go to the doctor’s office for a bone scan and some lab work. They must be checking for everything because he drew four tubes of blood and also I gave a urine specimen… Dave offered to take me to the mall but with the flu outbreak here I didn’t want to take any chances, all I wanted to do was get back home… Since I had been fasting since last night, I had breakfast and then I tried to take a nap. I was so tired. Our phone seldom rings but while I was trying to nap it rang four times in an hour. I gave up. The phone never rings when Dave is napping… I helped fix supper and hosted the afternoon and evening chats… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, February 08, 2007

I got woke up this morning with my legs hurting. I can increase my Neurontin but was hoping I wouldn’t have to. If I do increase it this will be as high as I can go… Our Internet was down this morning so Dave called to report it and they sent someone out and he found out that we had a burnt out transformer. He fixed the problem and we were back on line by late afternoon… I finished up the laundry today and got to see the bottom of the hamper and I hosted the evening DASNI chat… The sun didn’t come out today and I missed it. I love it when the sun shines… David and Chip called and I called Martha… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I am sure glad we got out yesterday and enjoyed the beautiful weather because today it has gone back to being cold. Thirty degrees colder than yesterday… I have been busy as a beaver today. I cleaned the bathroom, stripped the bed and washed our bedding, hung the pillows out to air out, fixed lunch, cleaned the kitchen, hosted chat, and took care of the house plants. I was so busy that I never did find time to get dressed… Richard called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

It has been another beautiful day here in Piedmont. We made it up to 72 degrees… Dave took Shiloh in for her follow-up test of her heartworm treatment and she showed negative for heartworms. We are thrilled about that. Now we just continue to keep her on the Heartgard and she should be just fine… I had an appointment with the dentist this afternoon. Found out I have an infection and was put on antibiotics for ten days… I finished up grooming Cindy, folded laundry, and hosted the DASNI chats… I called Jean in Ohio and my brother George called me… I would like you to visit Duchess’s blog at She has Alzheimer's too and is a great writer... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma ..

Monday, February 05, 2007

Congratulations Josh for passing your written drivers test on your first try… Today has been a beautiful day… Dave went this morning for his CT Scan, chest xray, and lab work… When Dave got home I got ready and we went to Tinker Air Force Base to get more drugs, I got groomed, and we picked up some groceries at the Commissary… We drove by our old neighborhood and stopped and chatted with a guy who was our next-door neighbor. He was complaining how the neighborhood has gone downhill and he was looking to getting out of it… Our next stop was at PetSmart… On our way home I watched a beautiful sunset… I fixed supper while Dave put away the groceries… I called Chip… Josh came down and gave me a big hug… It has been a great day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Thanks to Carolyn in United Kingdom for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at:
I woke up with a toothache this morning. I am going to have to find a dentist soon…
I was thinking this morning when I woke up about how when we are at the mall or at the grocery store and Dave is pushing me in my wheelchair. Everyone is always smiling and speaking to me. The little ones in their strollers will just stare at me. I think I know what they are thinking “Why is that elderly lady in a stroller?” LOL When I am getting the smiles and the hello’s I am hoping they are giving Dave the same attention for pushing me around… I cleaned the bathroom and did a load of laundry… George in Louisville called and so did David… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Happy Birthday George!!! George is my brother in Louisville, Kentucky… Happy Birthday Morris!!! Morris is our friend in Houston, Texas… Josh came down with Gracie this afternoon. It was good to see him… I haven’t done much today except chat, groomed Cindy a little, and watched movies. I tried to help with supper but Dave didn’t seem to want me in the kitchen with him. Sometimes he is moody. LOL… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, February 02, 2007

Happy Groundhog’s Day! Oklahoma used a bison for a groundhog today and he did see his shadow. Oh NO, six more weeks of bad weather. The sun was out today and melted our snow. But it was much colder out than it looked… We ran out of sunflower seeds yesterday. I can’t stand to see the birds doing without so I sent Dave to get another 50 pound bag of black oiled sunflower seeds… I watered the houseplants and when I did I noticed my Christmas cactus was blooming. I never know when it is going to bloom. It looks like this time it is blooming for Valentine’s Day. One of the Poinsettias left over from Christmas is still looking pretty… I chatted with my DASNI friends, did a load of laundry, and got them all put away and fixed supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, February 01, 2007

It is a brand new month and I hope that means we are getting closer to spring. We had snow falling when I got up this morning but it quit in the early afternoon… I was real disappointed to see that Pogo took my bowling game off. I will still have other games to play but I really was enjoying the bowling… Dave brought the puppies down and all Gracie wants to do is give me kisses on the face. I wouldn’t mind a kiss but she just keeps on kissing me… I folded laundry and helped fix our lunch… Dave says he isn’t sore from his fall yesterday so that is a good thing… Tonight is Dr. Mitch’s chat. I hope I remember to go to it… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma