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, May 31, 2008

It is the end of another month. It was four years ago that we moved into this house. It is hard to believe we have lived in this house four years already… This morning I watched a movie “Rawhide” and after chat I shelled peas for a good hour, then I helped fix supper… Erin called and she is getting anxious for little Kooper Allen’s arrival on Wednesday unless he decides to come before then. Kenny called and invited us to come up and watch the fights with them. I may go tonight since they will be earlier than usual... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, May 30, 2008

Our deepest sympathies go out to Judy, Dewey Jr., and Mary Beth on the loss of their husband and father. Dewey is our brother-in-law in Clemmons, North Carolina who lost his battle of cancer this morning. Dewey was a great guy. He always read my journal and would vote for my site. When we went to visit them a few years ago Dewey bought me a large turtle for my garden. I think of him every time I see it in the Rose Garden. He knew how much I liked turtles. All who knew him will miss him… This morning I went for my treatment. I hosted the DASNI chat and the rest of the day I have rested. I will pick peas later this evening… Richard in Houston phoned me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Another busy day for me… I finished up the laundry, answered e-mails and went to the DASNI chat. Then we went to Dr. Corman’s office to have the skin mass removed. When I asked Dr. Corman what he thought it was. He said right now he was calling it a weird skin mass. It indeed looked weird. The nurse numbed me up real good and the Doctor explained what he was going to do. He got it all cut out and sewed me up. I will go back next week to have the sutures removed. He sent it off so I should know what they find out Monday… I was late getting to my chiropractor appointment because the appointment with Dr. Corman took longer than we thought and he was running a little behind. But Dave walked across the street and told her I was running late and she was nice about it. My neck and shoulders are starting to feel better already… We went to Aldi’s and picked up a few groceries and then went by to see Alfred and Martha. Alfred got a bad report about the Chemo treatments that he was getting. Now they are going to try something else. This treatment will be done in the doctor’s office… I feel so bad for him and Martha, also for Dewey and Judy. Sometimes life just isn’t fair… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I went for my appointment this morning with the chiropractor. She was very nice and she said I really had some problems. She was able to give me a little relief today. I will be going back daily until she gets me better and she was sure she could make me better… I went to the DASNI chat, did three loads of laundry, fed the roses and other flowers, and fixed supper… When I was getting laundry out of the dryer I tore the growth that was on my arm and it bled. We went by Dr. Corman’s office and he will remove it tomorrow before my therapy treatment. I am always hurting myself. I have bruises all over my body and can never remember how I got them… Dave and I went across the street to look in the new home that soon will be finished… David called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Lynn!!! Lynn is our friend in Vancouver BC, Canada. Happy Birthday Karianne!!! Karianne is our grand neice in Huntington, West Virginia… We got a good rain during the night and storms too. Our weather radio kept going off during the night but thank God it was only for a severe thunderstorm warming. I have been busy today. Hosted the DASNI chat, cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, deadheaded the roses in the backyard and shelled peas. Dave put his boots on and went to the garden to pick the peas for me. I didn’t want to get in the mud with my scooter… My neck, shoulders, and back have really been hurting. Dave made me an appointment for in the morning with a chiropractor. I hope she can give me some relief... I helped fix supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Honey!!! Today is Dave’s birthday and I think he had an enjoyable day. Kathy fixed him a wonderful dinner and of course we had birthday cake and ice cream… I took the day off and it felt so good not doing anything and maybe I will do the same tomorrow… Tonight Kathy, Heather, and I watched a movie “On The Town.” It was an old musical… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, May 24, 2008

This morning I watched a movie”Bandolerol”… Dave left with Kenny to do some running around. So I had some ME time. I took a shower, fixed lunch, hosted the DASNI chat, folded laundry, picked peas, made nectar for the hummingbirds and filled the feeder, and fixed supper… Richard in Tennessee and Ernie and Margie in Kentucky called because they had heard about the tornado in Oklahoma and were checking on us. It was in the county next to us. I was keeping an eye on the weather all afternoon… Tonight Dave went to Kenny's to watch the fights on television. I stayed home and watched a Lifetime movie "White Oleander"... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, May 23, 2008

I got up early this morning to pick up around the house and strip our bed. The maids were coming and I wanted to be ready for them and no I do not clean before they come. I just pick up for them… I went to the DASNI chat, did laundry, deadheaded the roses in the rose garden, and cleaned up the irises… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thanks to Sandy in Ohio for signing my guest book at and Ellen for leaving a comment on my blog… I woke up feeling much better this morning… We made a trip to town and got groceries then came home and I helped fix supper. After supper I went to the garden and picked peas, lettuce, and turnips and Dave helped. I shared a raw turnip with Kathy. It was our first turnip of the year… We are under a tornado watch tonight. I am hoping it doesn’t turn into a warning… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

This morning I had an appointment with Dr. Baugh, my Pulmonary Doctor. She was running late so I spent an hour in the waiting room. I don’t wait well any more but I got through it by reading magazines… We stopped by Target before coming home. Everyone there was friendly and helpful except the cashier that was checking us out… I spent most of the afternoon on the couch resting. I still don’t feel very good… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Sandy!!! Sandy is a DASNI friend in Ohio… Thanks to Jody in Washington, DC and Adrienne in Cambridge, MA for signing my guest book at The interview I did for WEGO Health is finished and is posted. You can read it by going here I didn’t get much accomplished today. I haven’t felt good; I am having a flare of Diverticulitis, first time in a long time… Josh came down for a visit this afternoon and tonight I went up to watch Dancing with the Stars with Kathy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, May 19, 2008

Dave woke me up early this morning for a dental appointment. My teeth are cleaned and I don’t have to go back for six months…. We went by the AT@T store to pick up Josh’s Blackberry phone… Dave had a doctor appointment and everything is fine with him… I spent the rest of the day doing laundry… Josh left early this morning for Texas. The 2008 graduates went to Six Flags. I am sure they had a great time… I fixed Liver and Onions for supper. It has been years since I have had that… It was a hot 96 degrees today so I haven’t spent much time outside. I do plan to go to the garden later tonight and pick snow peas and lettuce… I called Resa, a long time friend in Missouri. She once was my web master at Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, May 18, 2008

I watched church services on television… I cleaned the bathroom, kitchen, picked up around the house, watered the plants indoor and outside, and fixed supper… Kenny and Kathy worked hard in the garden today and it looks 100 percent better. The weeds were about to take over… It was very warm today; I turned on the air conditioner for the first time this year… Dave cut grass and watered all the trees… I answered more questions for the online interview for WEGo Health… Barbara Ruth and Josh called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Congratulations Josh!!! Josh is our grandson who graduated from Piedmont High School today… Dave and I went to the graduation. I wouldn’t have missed it. When I was diagnosed 13 years ago Josh was five and I never dreamed I would be around for his graduation. I shed some tears at the graduation. David and Lori were there and it was great seeing them too… Kenny, Kathy, Josh, Heather, Dave, and I all went out to a nice dinner. Then we came home and the guys played some Frisbee, flew planes, and rode their four wheelers and motorcycles, while Kathy, Heather and I watched a movie “27 Dresses” Then Josh left to go to his Mother’s… Kathy and I went out to check out our garden. I picked some snowpeas. Then we all came down and visited on our back porch… It was a full day but a great one… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, May 16, 2008

I have been busy all day long but can’t remember what I have done. It has been one of those kind of days… I did an interview for WEGO Health… I got groomed this afternoon. Then after supper we went to Josh’s Senion function at the school. After I got home I realized I hadn’t zipped my slacks. I felt terrible. I think maybe Dave needs to pay more attention to me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, May 15, 2008

We got a good rain during the night…
This morning I made a list of things I wanted to get done today and I managed to get it all done… I went to the DASNI chat this afternoon. We had two new people who have dementia join us. It is always nice to meet new people… We went to town with my list. Went to Kohl’s looking for something to wear but wasn’t able to find anything I liked. Then we went to Home Depot, got a Lantana, violet, and more tomato plants. Then we went to Aldi’s and picked up some fish, fruit and vegetables… I fixed supper, potted the violet, and Dave planted the tomatoes and Lantana… Tonight I popped some popcorn and watched a movie “PS I Love You… Carole, and Josh called and Kenny came down to visit… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Thanks to Sandy in Ohio for signing my guest book at I love it when people take the time to sign my guest book. So please sign it… I did laundry and went to the garden to check on it. I found one snow pea so I picked it and ate it… Dave spent the day in his hidey hole… I called Barbara Ruth… Goodnight All... Keeping the Faith in Oklahoma

Me, Barbara Ruth, Lori, Erin, Madison, Jennifer, and Macey

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I woke up with a headache and kept it most of the day… It has been a beautiful day with very little wind. I deadheaded the roses and irises and pulled some weeds. Dave planted the purple phlox that I received for Mother’s Day… The nurse called Dave and gave him the report on his biopsy. It wasn’t cancer but it was the kind that turns into cancer. He will go back in two years for another colon scope… The Schwan man came and I gave him a good order… I deleted a bunch of emails. I let them pile up and it feels good to have them all deleted; now I am going to try and delete them as I read them… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

David and Me on Mother's Day

Monday, May 12, 2008

Last night I couldn’t fall asleep because I was over stimulated from such a wonderful day. I had so much on my mind. Thinking how well I am blessed with our sons and their wonderful wives. They sure did a great job of picking them. I couldn’t ask for two better daughters, also their children and grandchildren. I love them all… I have worked my butt off today. LOL I wish… Dave and I finished cleaning all the windows and they look so great. I love clean windows. Then I cleaned the bathroom, dusted our bedroom, did laundry, pulled a few weeds, and helped fixed supper… It has been another windy day and I am so sick of this wind... I went up to visit Kathy for a little while… Norita called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother’s Day!!! I had a wonderful Mother’s Day. We left early this morning right after church on TV and went to Kerry and Erin’s house in Norman and we had a delicious meal. David, Lori, Chris, Jennifer, Kerry, Erin, Madison, Macey, and Barbara were there… I got phone calls, cards, flowers, and dinner gift certificates for Chili’s, beef from the Lockhart farm, and many hugs… Our little Mother to be looks great and only has a couple weeks to go. I hope she didn’t over do it today. I worry about her… Kenny, Kathy, and Josh came down tonight after we got home. Kathy had a wonderful time in Vegas but didn’t win enough to buy us a pool… I called Norita and Aunt Florence… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, May 10, 2008

This morning I watched “Shaggy Dog”… Dave colored my hair for me… Then after lunch we washed the windows on the outside in the back of the house. We will try to do the front windows next week… I fixed supper, fed the Roses in the back yard, and started cleaning the windows on the inside, until I got tired… David called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, May 09, 2008

Panama Pink Bougainvilla

Dave surprised me with a beautiful Panama Pink Bougainvilla for Mother’s Day. It is so large it came with it’s own arbor. Thank you Honey… I cleaned the bathroom, did two loads of laundry, pulled a few weeds, and fixed supper… I can’t keep from staring at my beautiful Roses in the Rose Garden… I went up to check on the garden, the ground finally dried up enough so I could get on my scooter. Everything looks good. Still no peas though. I am really getting anxious for them… Kathy left today with a friend from work to go to Las Vegas for the weekend. This is both of their first time to go to Vegas. I hope they will have a wonderful time… David called this morning. He, Madison, and Macey were out checking out the Lockhart Farm. He planted 30 tomato plants. So if we need more tomatoes we will know where to go… Check out pictures of Rose Garden below, You can enlarge the picture by clicking on it... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Double Knock Out Rose that David and Lori gave me last Mother's Day.

My Rose Garden

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Happy Birthday Kip!!! Kip is our nephew in Indiana… We left this morning and were gone all day… We went to drop off clothes at the cleaners, went by doctor’s office to pick up prescriptions, went to see Alfred at the Baptist Hospital, then to the pharmacy on base, then to the BX, then to the commissary, then we went to Penny’s, next we went to TLC Nursery, and then we went to Subway to pick up supper, Heather was there working and fixed our sandwiches… … Guess what? I am tired… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Happy Birthday Gayle!!! Gayle is our friend in Washington...
It has been a stormy day. We got much more rain than we needed. We got close to four inches of rain…. Since I wasn’t able to spend any time outside I watched the birds at the feeder and worked in the house. I dusted and hopefully I won’t have to dust again for awhile since the rain has settled the dust. I cleaned all the crystal and helped fix supper… David called and they are having a Mother’s Day dinner at granddaughter Erin and Kerry’s house. Erin saw the doctor today and she is doing better. Thanks for all your prayers. Keep them coming please. Kooper Allen should be here on May 24. The day before Dave’s birthday… I placed an online order… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Happy Birthday Vicky!!! Happy Belated Birthday Janey!!! Vicky is our friend in Illinois and Janey is our friend in Illinois... We got a good rain last night. So the lawn, garden, and flowers are happy… This morning I got the crock pot out and made peppered steak. Tonight all I had to do was make the rice… I have been rearranging the living room furniture. What a job that was. I finally got it the way I wanted it… Tonight I am relaxing and watching Dancing With the Stars… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, May 05, 2008


Happy Birthday Josh!!! Josh is our grandson in Piedmont who is 19 today…The Roses, white Iris, and Peonies are all blooming… I chatted with my online friends in the DASNI chat room, cleaned the bathrooms, did laundry, fixed lunch, and scrubbed down the patio furniture… Dave planted the asparagus that a friend gave us. Kathy and I love asparagus. We can’t wait till it is ready... Alfred called, he is back in the hospital for a week for some high doses of chemo. Please keep Alfred in your prayers… Tonight we were invited to Kenny and Kathy’s for a birthday dinner and cake and ice cream for Josh… Then I went with Kenny and Kathy to the school for a Honor Choir Concert which Heather was in. I really enjoyed it... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, May 04, 2008

I attended church services on television… I rode the bike, dusted, visited with the neighbors, fixed lunch, dusted some more, and fixed supper… David called to say he made it back home safely. Thank you God… I am really tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, May 03, 2008

I did more work in the garden and the rest of the day I played solitaire and watched movies. “Our House” “No Reservations” and A Teacher’s Crime… Dave and Kenny flew their planes… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, May 02, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday Diana!!! Happy Birthday Sharon!!! Diana is a friend in Florida and Sharon is our friend in North Carolina… I have been busy today. I worked in the flower gardens and fed all the flowers, tomatoes, and bell peppers some Miracle Gro… I cleaned the bathroom, dusted our bedroom, did laundry, and helped fix supper… I made a check out to the Salvation Army to send a child to camp. I have great memories of when they sent me to camp when I was 12. In fact it is one of my best childhood memories… I saw the first hummingbird of the year… Martha, David, and Wade called. David is in North Carolina on a Mini Cooper Rally and is having a great time… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Happy 9th Anniversary Kenny and Kathy!!! Happy Birthday Martha!!! Kenny and Kathy are our kids in Piedmont, Oklahoma. Martha is our friend in Bethany, Oklahoma…We went to town today to get groceries at Aldi’s and then to the TLC Nursery. I got a nice hanging basket of Petunia, more tomato plants, Clematis, and a Chinese Pistache tree to replace a Japenses Maple tree that w ae had replaced twice so have given up on having one of them… Tonight was Dr. Mitch’s chat and we had a great turn out again… We are having bad weather in the state but so far we are all okay… Kathy came down to visit and ate peanuts in the shell with Dave… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma