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, February 21, 2008

I posted the wrong date for Dave’s surgery, it actually will be March 7… Kenny asked me to go with him to the high school today to talk to Josh’s counselor. Kathy had to work and wasn’t able to go. I went with him and it looks like Josh will be attending Vo Tech after he graduates. I think he will take Graphic Design… This evening Dave went with Kenny to Home Depot. They are going to build shelves in Kenny’s garage. That will be good for Dave… I am going to take some time off from doing my journal. I feel I am needing another break… I will be back… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dave went to see the urologist this morning to get the results of his CT scan and ultrasound. Well the news wasn’t good. He told him that he is almost sure that he has testicular cancer. He is scheduled for surgery on the 29th of February to remove the testicle. He would have done it this Friday but since Dave is taking an aspirin a day he had to wait till he was off of aspirin for ten days. So here we go again… I did laundry and took care of house plants. We are having leftovers for supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Yesterday our internet was down… I got a good report on my mammogram. Everythng is fine. Thank you God… We left the breast center and went shopping for jewelry again. Still can’t make a decision though… Then we went to David and Lori’s. They got a new television and it is a really nice one. We are always happy when our kids get something new and want to share it with us. Jenni, Madison, and Macey were there so I got my grandkid fix… Lori fixed a delicious meal for us… It was late when we got home and I couldn’t wait to get in bed. I was so tired. It had been a stressful day… I received a sweet e-mail from our granddaughter Erin today. The baby had woke her up in the middle of the night kicking. So while she was awake she wrote to me. Erin is having to go in everyday for a stress test. She and baby Kooper Allen are in my daily prayers…
It was in the 60’s and the sun was shining so I thought I would get outside with the dogs. Sammy and Teddy saw me outside and came running down here. The wind was cold. So I only stayed out for about an hour. Josh had the day off and he was riding the four wheeler… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, February 17, 2008

It was four years ago today that I lost my Mother. I miss my Mom so much… I folded the launry that was left in the dryer from the last time I did laundry, whenever that was? Kenny called and asked us to go to town with him just to get us out of the house. I told Dave to go and I would stay home. I thought I would give them some time together and I still had to ride my bike and I wanted to chat with my friends… I watched the movie “Forget Me Never" again. Each time I watch that movie I see things that I don’t remember seeing before… Well finally the weekend is over and tomorrow I will find out more about the mammogram and ultra sound. I am postive that everything will be okay… Kenny, I wanted to let you know that the roses in the flower arrangement smell so good… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, February 16, 2008

It rainned most of the day and we had thunderstorms so I spent the day watching movies… I had several phone calls today they were from David and Lori, Martha, Jeanne, and George… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, February 15, 2008

Brrrr it was in the 70’s yesterday and today it is 31 degrees… I was chatting with my DASNI friends when I received a phone call from Mercy Health Center. She said the radiologist saw a spot on my left breast and they want to do another mammogram and a ultra sound. I will have this done on Monday. So I have only the weekend to worry. I have tried to keep busy. I cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, and watched a movie “Becoming Jane”… Good Night All,,, Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!!!
Happy Anniversary Morris and Andrea!!! Morris and Andrea are friends in Houston, Texas… We went into town. Dave was going to buy me some jewelry for Valentines Day but the more I looked the more confused I got. I just couldn’t make a decision. So I didn’t get anything. I will make a decision one day soon though… We went by and visited with Alfred and Martha and they invited us to have a sandwich with them… When I got home there was a beautiful flower arrangement sitting on the counter from Kenny… David, Kenny, and Josh called earlier to wish me a Happy Valentines Day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Today while having lunch I was watching the birds at the feeder. They really entertain me… This afternoon I had an appointment to get a mammagram. We went straight there and back home again. We were going to go out to eat for Valentine’s Day but didn’t want to take a chance on running into someone with the flu. It is really bad here, so many are sick… I received a valentine card today from David and Lori. I love receiving valentines because it makes me feel loved… I called Lynne in Iowa Park and was happy to hear she was home from the hospital. I also called Leslie, a friend in Jonesboro, Georgia. She now has her doctor’s degree. I am so proud of Dr. Leslie… David and Kenny called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I helped Dave find everything we needed to do the taxes today. He got them all finished and they are ready to take to the postoffice tomorrow… David called and he saw the doctor. The doctor said David’s lungs were filled with fluid. So it is a good thing he saw the doctor and got on antiboitics… I fixed supper all by myself and it was good… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, February 11, 2008

I got out of bed early this morning because the maids were coming. I stripped the bed and did laundry before they got here… I called David and he is seeing the doctor tomorrow… My friend Martha called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, February 10, 2008

This morning I laid in bed drinking coffee and watching the news stories then watched my church services. I always ride my bike first thing every morning before I do anything else… After lunch and chat we got ready to go to TLC Nursery. We had an appointment for a consultation on landscaping our front yard. We took pictures of our yard now and we got some good sugestions. I can’t wait to get started on it… Dave bought me a beautiful red cyclamen house plant… We got groceries and came home and I made a pot of chicken vegetable soup… I called to check on David and Lori said he still isn’t feeling good… While we were gone Kenny came down and put pre-emergent on our grass. Thanks Kenny, we really appreciated that… I am really tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Happy Birthday Ben!!! Ben is a friend in Irving, Texas…
It was a pretty day, so I hurried up and got done what I needed to do because I couldn’t wait to get outside and enjoy it… While I was outside I noticed that the tulips were peeking through the ground… Dave went shopping with Kenny so I had a day of Me time… I called Carole and Lori and David called. David is sick. I hope he feels better real soon and Lori doesn’t catch it… We are watching a TV movie with Clint Eastwood “ The Bridges of Madison County” … Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, February 08, 2008

Today went by so fast. I don’t know what I did except riding the bike, chat, and watched a movie “Reign Over Me” … Richard called… I am feeling very tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Dave went for his scheduled tests this morning. When he got home we had lunch and then we got ready to go get groomed… Later we went to do some shopping… We got home just in time for a quick supper then I went to host Dr. Mitch’s chat. We had a good turn out for it. DASNI is so lucky to have Dr. Mitch volunteering to do this chat each month… Dewey, our brother in law who recently had lung surgery is still in the hospital. Please keep him in your prayers… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Dave had a follow up appointment with the urologist this morning. He ordered a ct scan and an ultra sound which Dave will have done tomorrow morning. I pray that everything will be okay… I did more laundry and fixed supper… David called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

BRRRR what a difference a day makes. Yesterday we were almost 80 degrees today we are in 30’s and rainy… I clean the bathroom, did laundry, and went to vote. We were just finished voting when Josh drove up. It was his first time to vote. He came over to our car and gave me a hug then had to rush off to get ready for work… Good Night All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, February 04, 2008

I had an appointment today with Dr. Barreto. She is real thorough and keeps track of everything going on with me. She scheduled me for a mammogram, fasting lab work, and a bone scan. I really like a doctor like that. She was pleased with how well I am doing… While we were out we made a trip to TLC, our favorite nursery. We bought seed potatoes, onion sets and cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and cosmos seeds… It was another beautiful day but they are saying we may get snow tomorrow. So I am glad I was able to be out today to enjoy it… I called Lynn who is a school friend in South Dakota and we got caught up on all that was going on… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Happy Birthday George!!! George is my brother in Louisville, Kentucky… Happy Birthday Morris!!! Morris is a DASNI friend in Houston, Texas
Thanks to Janerae in Ohio for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at … It was a beautiful day. It was 70 degrees and I got outside as soon as the DASNI chat was over and enjoyed it. Kenny talked me into riding the four wheeler with him. He was on one and I was on the other one. We rode all over his acreage… Kathy invited us to eat pot roast with them and it was so good. Then we came home to watch the super bowl game… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, February 02, 2008

I went to bed early last night and fell asleep right away. Dave had to wake me up to give me my bedtime medication… I felt so much better when I woke up this morning. I watched a movie in bed before I got up to start my day… Kathy came down with a box of vegetble seeds that she had ordered to plant in our garden. We are both getting excited about that. The potaotes, snow peas, and onions will be planted later this month… It was a pretty day today with lots of sunshine and little wind. The temperature was 59. Dave took advantage of the nice weather and got his radio controlled plane up in the air… I did laundry, helped fix supper and chatted with my online friends… There was a beautiful sunset tonight… Dave is going to Kenny’s to watch the fights tonight. I will stay home and watch the dog show… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, February 01, 2008

I haven’t felt good all day. We went to get a few groceries and while we were in there I had one of those panic attacks. Didn’t feel goood at all… Tomorrow will be a better day… Good Night All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma