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.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I was not able to get online last night because we were having thunderstorms. We got a lot of rain from it and that was a good thing… I went with Dave to church this morning and it was a great sermon also we had a missionary who spoke about his trip to China. I learned a lot… We went up to Kenny and Kathy’s and took them for an ice cream… I need to get outside and pull some weeds while the ground is wet… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, August 29, 2008

I got up early this morning because the maids were coming. I had to clear a path for them… I did a load of laundry, deadheaded the roses, supervised Dave while he planted the willow tree, and went with Dave to return the car to the dealership. We still haven’t made up our mind on a new vehicle or to keep what we have… We went out for dinner… I called Lori and George and David called me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, August 28, 2008

This morning we left for Dr. Barreto’s office for me to have some fasting lab work done… After my blood work we went to TLC Nursery and bought a weeping willow tree, mums, and some other stuff. Then I went for a manicure, for the first time in years, I finally have some nice nails. Guess what we did next? Yes, back to looking at cars. The dealership let us bring home a car tonight so we could check it out over night. We are getting close, I think to making a decision either to buy one or to keep what we have… Josh has started to coming down every evening to ride my stationery bike. We like that because we are able to see him more… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

This afternoon I hosted the DASNI chat… Dave is fixing to take me car shopping again… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This morning I did laundry and fixed lunch… Dave wanted to go car shopping, so we did and it has worn me out… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy 90th Birthday Perry!!! Perry is our friend in Okemah, Oklahoma… I slept till 10:30 this morning and I feel I needed it… I must have forgotten to add the sugar to the water the last time I made nectar for the hummingbirds because they would fly up to the feeder and not drink. So today I made some more nectar and this time I made sure that I added the sugar. I did laundry, picked okra, and fixed supper… David and Lori called. David, I hope your feeling better real soon… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, August 24, 2008

This morning I had to climb out of bed much earlier than usual. We were going to Okemah to Perry’s 90th birthday celebration and it started at noon. Perry is Lori’s Grandfather. He is a man that we all look up to. Perry said he wants to live another 90 years. When he was asked which one of his birthdays was the best, he said all of them… We left there and went to visit Jan/Mina and Wade in Checotah. They are long time friends that have a KOA RV Park… I called Chip and Sharon in Florida… It has been a long day and I am tired, the bed sounds real good to me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I slept late this morning and I am still tired… I fixed lunch, baked a peach pie, and picked okra… Kenny cut our grass and our acreage looks great. Thank you Kenny… I watched a movie “August Rush”… Dave and Kenny flew their planes… George called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, August 22, 2008

I haven’t been worth much today. It could be because of the panic attack I had yesterday… I put the fruit we bought yesterday in green bags and fed the flowers in the back yard and on the porch… Carole called and I called Martha… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The sun finally came out today and it is feeling like summer again… I went for my chiropractor appointment. I call Tami my snap, crackle, and pop doctor… We made a trip to the credit union and on our way I saw several turtles crossing the highway. I wondered where they were going and I hope they made it… I went to my weight watcher’s meeting and I had lost 2.02 lbs this week… Then we went to Aldi’s and got groceries. We were running out of food here so it is good that we went. Maybe that is why I lost that weight. While in Aldi’s I had a big panic attack. It was terrible, I ended up sitting down on a stack of groceries and finally it passed and I was ok… Our last stop was at Braum’s. We both got a buttered pecan mix… I fixed supper and now I am going to watch the Olympics… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Mary!!! Mary is a friend in Canada… Happy Anniversary Peter and Ann!!! Peter and Ann are friends in United Kingdom… It has been a cloudy day. I sure could use some sunshine… I cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, hosted the DASNI chat, and fixed supper… I am still riding the stationery bike every day. I pretend like I am riding to Braum’s, my favorite ice cream place. LOL … This afternoon I was sitting on the back porch eating a peach and watching the Monarchs enjoying the butterfly bush and the hummingbirds at the feeder, it was so relaxing… Josh and Heather went back to school today… David and Josh called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Great Grandchildren... Macey and Madison on second day of school.

Trevor 4th , Macey pre-kindergarden, and Madison first grade on their first day of school

Thanks to Amanda for leaving a comment here on my blog. Amanda also lives in Piedmont and has a beautiful family… I went to bed last night thinking about the teleconference call that I had this afternoon. Today I forgot all about it until Jeanne called me. I felt really bad that I had missed it… It has been another rainy day here in Canadian county. Several areas are flooded but we live on a hill and are fine… A researcher at the University of Minnesota has contacted me and wants to use my blog in a research study and I will agree to do so… I am looking forward to the Olympics tonight even though I already know who won… Wesley called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, August 18, 2008

It has been a rainy cool day in the low 70’s… I have had another lazy day, just mostly looking out the window. I did get out and walk in the rain… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I was awake most of the night, just could not get to sleep. I was too tired to get up and go to church with Dave. I did watch church services on Television though… I chatted with my DASNI friends. They come from all over the world. Ireland, United Kingdom, New Zealand, USA and other places that I can’t think of right now… Kathy called and invited us up for a steak supper, fresh corn on the cob and watermelon too. It was delicious. Kathy sent a half of watermelon home with us… George called from Cecilia, Kentucky. He took his daughter Caroline and her husband to see our birthplace… Lori called… I am going back to watch the Olympics now… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Larry!!! Larry is our friend in Iowa Park, Texas… I had horrible nightmares last night. I sure was glad to wake up this morning and realize they were only dreams… I have felt better today. I did laundry and it is a good thing I did because Dave was running out of clothes… This evening Dave and I pulled weeds out of the flowerbeds. I don’t know where all these weeds come from… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, August 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Laura!!! Laura is our friend in Nashville, Tennessee… Happy Anniversary Larry and Lynne!!! Larry and Lynne are our friends in Iowa Park, Texas… We were having thunderstorms last night so I wasn’t able to get online to post a journal… I got groomed yesterday, hosted chat, and made nectar for the hummingbirds and filled their feeder… I am still being lazy, waiting on some energy to kick in. Maybe tomorrow, I sure hope so because I am getting way behind on my chores here. The past couple days I have been taking naps. Dave woke me up tonight and said supper was ready. What a guy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Our deepest sympathies go out to my brother George in Louisville, Kentucky on the loss of his fiancé and our friend Carol… Last night Dave and I watched “The Bucket List” We really like it… Dave went in this morning for a follow up appointment with the Ocularist. He did some work on his eye and it looks even better and hopefully it won’t be falling out anymore… Dave changed the seats out of Heather’s wrecked car and put them in ours. Hers were leather and I like leather better than cloth… Kenny cut our grass for us tonight… I have been lazy today… We watched the weather forecast and it is supposed to rain for seven days. So we have decided to postpone our camping trip for awhile… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Thanks to Tony in Cork, Ireland for signing my guest book at Since we won’t have any appointments after tomorrow we have decided to take off and do some camping. We need to just get away for awhile. We will be going with our friends Alfred and Martha. We will have a good time visiting and fishing… My brother George called and Carol, his lady friend is in the hospital after having a stroke last night and isn’t expected to make its. Please keep George and Carol in your prayers… I did laundry, fixed lunch and supper, and am getting stuff laid out to take on our trip… I am still enjoying the Olympics. Dave flew his plane for the first time with just one eye… Josh enrolled in Vo Tech today. When he got off work I went up and got my hug… George, David, and Alfred called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, August 11, 2008

We got a much needed rain this morning and it is much cooler too. I spent some time outside brushing Shiloh and I have started grooming Cindy… I fixed lunch and supper… Carole and Martha called… Now I am off to watch the Olympics…. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Thanks to Frank in United Kingdom for signing my guest book at … We had a really nice visit with Martha and Alfred last night and we enjoyed a meal together. We had marinated chicken breast, fried okra, scalloped potatoes, seven layer salad, sliced tomatoes, and for dessert we had rhubarb/berry pie. Martha brought the seven-layer salad and the pie… After Alfred and Martha left Dave went up to watch the fights with Kenny, Kathy, David, and Kerry. I stayed home and ate popcorn and watched the Olympics… We never made it to church today because Dave didn’t feel well. I did attend a couple churches on television though… I chatted with my friends in the DASNI chat room ,,, I watched a Red Sox/White Sox baseball game. I am looking forward to the college football games… I pulled weeds out of flowerbeds… Dave knows I don’t like it when he takes off and doesn’t tell me where he is going but he continues to do that… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Happy Anniversary Vince and Jean!!! Vince and Jean are our friends in Ohio… Thanks to Miller in San Antonio, Texas for signing my guest book at … I have been lacking writing in my journal for a couple days. I have good excuses. Thursday our Internet was down. I wasn’t even able to get into Dr. Mitch’s chat… Thursday Dave and I spent the entire day down town Oklahoma City at the Ocularist office where Dave got his new eye. The guy made it while we waited. We left for a short time to have lunch at the Boulevard Cafeteria. The eye looks just like a real eye. I can’t tell the difference at all… Last night Dave and I picked okra then I was glued to the television watching the opening ceremonies. Dave and I really enjoyed it. When it was over I was too tired to post a journal… Several people have told me that I was featured in Neurology Now. I didn’t know anything about it until they told me. Now I have a large head. LOL… Our friends Alfred and Martha are coming to visit us later. I need to think of something for supper... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

I went with Dave to see the eye surgeon. She said everything looked good. She said the pathology report came back and it showed that Dave had melanoma in his eye and it was contained. We are happy to hear that it was contained… I fixed supper, picked tomatoes, and went up to check on Heather and took her some watermelon. We will loan Heather one of our cars until she can get another one… Goodnight All.. Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

After washing the bedroom curtains and seeing how much better they looked I decided today I would wash the kitchen curtains… We have been enjoying a delicious cantaloupe from the Lockhart Farm… Norita called this morning and we will be having company in October. Yes, she and Wesley are coming for a visit. We are so excited… Kathy called to let us know that Heather had been in a terrible car accident, which totaled her car. But thank God Heather is okay. Cars can be replaced but Heather can’t… Tonight we went up to check on Heather, she is quite sore and bruised… I deadheaded the Roses… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, August 04, 2008

Happy Birthday Pat!!! Pat is our friend in Texas… Happy Birthday Richard!!! Richard is Dave’s brother in Smithville, Tennessee… It was 11:30 when I woke up this morning. I couldn’t believe I had slept for 12 hours… I washed our bedroom curtains, helped fix supper, picked okra, and watered flowers… I went up and visited with Kenny while Dave and him replaced Heather’s ceiling fan. Kathy was at work… I called Richard, Alice in Idaho, and Aunt Florence in Texas… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, August 03, 2008

I went to bed with a headache and woke up with one. It has been one of my cloudy days. I don’t have them often but when I do they knock me for a loop… I didn’t get out of bed until after 4:00… Dave went to church without me… Tomorrow will be a better day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, August 02, 2008

I slept in this morning but once I got up I kept pretty busy all day… I cleaned and mopped the utility room, did a load of laundry, fixed our lunch, hosted chats, helped Dave make salsa, and filled the hummingbird feeder… I have been busy answering e-mails and approving members to join DASNI. In the last two days we have had four people join. … Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, August 01, 2008

Today we went to Mardel's and bought a nice study bible. Then we went to Tinker Air Force Base to the pharmacy then to Norman to David and Lori’s house. Madison and Macey were there so we got to spend some time with them… We went back to Tinker to the commissary to get groceries… I fixed us a quick supper and fed the flowers… I am really tired tonight… Norita in California and Judy in North Carolina called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma