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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy 14th Anniversary David and Lori!!! David and Lori are our kids in Norman, Oklahoma… Happy Birthday Larry!!! Larry is our friend in Arkansas… I had a conference call this afternoon and this time I didn’t forget it… I haven’t felt good today. I think the Asthma and low blood pressure is the culprit. Kathy took my B/P and it was very low. I guess that would explain me being dizzy… Barbara Ruth called… Tomorrow will be a better day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, September 29, 2008

I had a nice surprise this morning. Jean Cantwell called to say that she was coming to visit us today. We had a nice visit. We had so much to catch up on. It had been years since we have seen each other. Jean and Chuck own the Honda motorcycle shop in Del City. Dave and I have bought a Goldwing motorcycle and a Honda lawn mower from them. We used to go on dinner rides with Chuck and Jean and we would have so much fun. I miss those good ole days. Now I don’t even think I could climb on a motorcycle with my bad legs… I deadheaded the roses, picked okra, and fixed supper… Goodnight All,.. Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I watched church services on television this morning. I was too tired to go with Dave to church… I have mostly laid around today. I did fix us a big supper and made a peach cobbler. David called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tonight was our night to go to the Hee Haw dinner and talent show. They served brisket and turkey, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, dessert, and drinks. The guys complained about not getting enough to eat. I really enjoyed the talent show. Piedmont has some great talent. Several of our neighbors sang in it and they were really great. I am glad I went and I hope to go again next year. Kenny and Kathy went with us and Kenny was singing Mr. Bo Jingles all the way home. I was ready to jump out of the car. Then Kathy started singing and I pushed her out of the car. LOL… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, September 26, 2008

I woke up feeling great and started my day earlier than usual. I have started spending less time on the computer and getting a lot more accomplished… I did three loads of laundry… I am enjoying being outside more. I love this time of the year… I picked okra, cut it up, and put it in the freezer. I fixed supper and tonight I took some stickers I had received in the mail across the street and visited with them and gave their little girl, Bella the stickers which kept her entertained while I visited with her Mother… Goodnight All… Keeping the Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dave and I got groomed this afternoon. I really needed it too. I feel so much better. We bought tickets for the annual Hee Haw dinner and talent show for Saturday. We are looking forward to going; we have heard great things about it. Kenny and Kathy will be going with us… We stopped at the Sonic and we had a Butterfinger Blast… I fixed lunch and supper. Tonight Josh and I went up and down our street. He was walking and I was on my scooter. Shiloh was going with me until she heard a large dog bark and she ran back home… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dave and I both had appointments with the eye doctor this morning. The doctor was running late and we were there for two hours. GRRRRR. I have to have laser surgery on my right eye and it is scheduled for November… We stopped at a place on our way home and got our car’s oil changed... I got home just in time to chat with my DASNI friends at … I fixed supper, pulled weeds, worked in the Rose Garden, and washed down the furniture on the front and back porch… I called George and Kathy called me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It still feeling like summer here. It was 86 degrees today… I hosted the DASNI chat, picked okra, washed windows until I got tired and that didn’t take long, and fixed our supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, September 22, 2008

Today is the last day of summer and the first day of fall… I was up early this morning so I could strip the bed and make a path for the maids visit. I never know if they will show up early or late so I don’t want to be caught in bed… I washed two loads of laundry, pulled more weeds, fixed supper, and cleaned up the kitchen… I went up and visited with Josh, when he came home from Vo Tech. He had the night off from his job at the Family Dollar Store. He has been working there for a year now. He said he was really enjoying Vo Tech… I am happy that Dancing With the Stars is back on television. I am going to go watch it now… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy Anniversary Chris and Jenni!!! Chris and Jenni are our grandchildren in Moore, Oklahoma… Thanks to Barbie in Tacoma, Washington for signing my guest book at It has been a beautiful day. After hosting chat I spent the rest of the day outside. I pulled weeds, water the flowers, and deadheaded roses and hosta’s… Then I came in and fixed our supper. Stuffed bell peppers and corn on the cob… David and Lori called. They had Madison and Macey so I got to talk to them. Richard called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Last night's post. Internet was down.

Kenny came to get me today and told me to put on my jeans that he wanted to show me something. So I did as I was told and got on the four-wheeler and with Dave on a four-wheeler and Kenny and Kathy on a motorcycle we went into the woods to see the five acres Kenny and Kathy just bought. He is connected to Kenny and Kathy’s acreage now and also to ours. They now have fifteen acres on their Lockhart Ranch and it is real nice… A friend ask me to post this link to my blog. Dave finished cleaning the garage without any supervision from me. I was busy chatting with my DASNI friends… I went up and visited with Kathy and we watched the guys fly their planes. She gave us some home made salsa that she had made. Then she came down and we watched “Baby Mama”… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Jean!!! Jean is our friend in Oklahoma City… I woke up at five this morning and was wide-awake could not get back to sleep. I have a feeling I will be in bed early tonight… While we were at the fair at the Senior Center they were giving mini memory test it was a thirty questionnaire thingy to see if you had dementia. Dave and I took it. I got 30 out of 30 and Dave got 29 out of 30. I have tried to share my Aricept and Namenda with him, but he declines… I did laundry and got it all folded and put away, I picked Okra and cut it up and put it in the freezer, I fixed supper, and went to visit with the neighbors and gave Marlee a ride on my scooter and she loved it. Shiloh went with me but one of the neighbors golden retrievers’s chased her back home. Poor baby ran as fast as she could… David, Norita, and Lori called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

This morning I had an appointment with Dr. Baugh, my Asthma doctor. The Asthma is back. She increased the Advair to 500 twice a day for the next two weeks and gave me a steroid injection… We ran some errands before heading to Tinker Air Force Base to the pharmacy. We left there with a sack full of drugs and then went to Lowe’s to get a new kitchen faucet… We went by the Honda dealership to see Jean Cantwell but she had already gone home for the day. While we were in Midwest City we passed David on the road... We got groceries and then came home. I helped put away groceries and I fixed us a quick supper. I am tired again tonight and I am looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow…. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dave woke me up early this morning so I could get ready to go with him to his two appointments and my one appointment with the chiropractor doctor… After our appointments we went to the State Fair. It was a beautiful day to go to the fair. We went all over the fair looking with Dave pushing me in the wheel chair. I got my usual Dan’s Indian Taco and Funnel cake. Thank you Dave for taking me to the fair and pushing me all over the place. You just don’t know how much I enjoyed it... Now I am really tired and ready to brush my teeth and go to bed… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Edie!!! Edie is a friend in Indiana… I have been busy today, now to remember what I was busy doing. I hosted the DASNI chat started getting the guest room ready for our guest next month. I washed the sheets and comforter, and pillow shams, helped Dave to start cleaning the garage. Maybe I supervised him more than anything and helped Dave fix supper… Tonight I popped some corn and went outside and watched the guys fly their planes. I checked on the okra in the garden and it wasn’t quite ready to be picked yet. We are getting some nice bell peppers now. One of these days soon I will make us some stuffed peppers… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thanks to Janice in Toms Brook, Virginia and Barb in Montgomery, Illinois for signing my guest book at … Thanks to Krista, Zarebski, and Mrs. Leggett, and Diane for leaving me a comment here on my blog…
I finally finished up with the laundry and it sure feels good. I watched a movie “Broken Bridges” and have been deleting emails. I wasn’t going to let them pile up again but I did… I hosted the DASNI chat at watered all the plants outside and deadheaded the roses… Dave had an appointment to see Dr. Corman today. He has been extra tired and wanting to sleep all the time. Dr. Corman did some blood work and he will go back for another appointment on Wednesday… I went up to visit with Kathy for a little while and then came home and fixed supper and now I am tired. I am thinking my vacation has caught up with me. Sandy in Ohio called. They had a terrible windstorm last evening and lost their power. I will sure miss her in chat while she is waiting on her power to come back on… I called Phyllis a friend in Rockwell, Texas… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Happy Belated Birthdays to Karen, our niece in West Virginia, Allison our granddaughter in Kentucky, and Happy Belated Anniversary to Kerry and Erin our grandchildren in Oklahoma… Dave and I celebrated our 48th anniversary on the 8th… Happy Birthday Barbara Ruth!!! Barbara is our friend in Noble, Oklahoma… I am back! Dave and I loaded up our motor home and our three dogs and went camping and fishing. We went about one hundred miles from our home. The fishing was great. I went fishing everyday that we were there. I was fishing in the sunshine, in the rain, and even in the dark. Most of the time that I was fishing, Shiloh our dog was sitting in my lap. Once when I was reeling in I caught her tail in the crank. I had to call Dave to help get her tail out… We had one mess of fish and hush puppies at the campsite. The rest I put in the freezer for later. I think our three dogs enjoyed camping as much as we did. Since we got home I have been busy unloading the motor home, cleaned it, doing laundry, going through the mail, and hundreds of emails. It is a lot of work but well worth it… Kenny mowed the grass and our acreage looks great. Thank you Kenny… I have been watching the news on the damage Ike has caused, so terrible. I checked on our friend Morris who lives in Houston and he was fine… Check out the photos of our trip below... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Bass and Perch

Shiloh on my lap.

Boat dock

Our home away from home and our dog Cindy.


Saturday, September 06, 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 or leave me a comment here… Our neighbors Ken and Debra came down this morning before I had gotten out of my pajamas. So I hurried and got dress. Ken wanted to see Dave’s airplanes and take pictures. We had a nice visit with them… I have been busy all day… Now I am going to watch OU/Cincinnati. Go Oklahoma!!! Later David and Lori will be here and I am going to take them shoe shopping for their birthdays. This is one way I get to spend some special time with them… This will be my last entry for a while. I am taking a break. I will be back… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, September 05, 2008

Our Grandson Kerry

Happy 26th Birthday Kerry!!! Kerry is our grandson in Norman, Oklahoma… It has been a long day for me. We went to Tinker to the pharmacy, BX, and Commissary… Then we went to Norman for a surprise birthday party for Kerry. It was a big party and Kerry was really surprised… I am really tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Happy Anniversary Jim and Faye!!! Jim and Faye are friends who live in Chandler, Oklahoma… This morning I had to get up early for a follow up appointment with Dr. Barreto. She said all my lab tests were excellent. I am able to come off all B/P medication and next month I can come off another medication for high cholesterol. I am finally getting rid of some drugs. YEAH!!! We went by the bicycle shop and picked up a new gel seat for my Schwinn Air Dyne bike… Then we went for some groceries… I got home just in time to chat with DASNI friends… I helped Dave put away groceries and fix supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

It has been a rainy day and temperatures only in the 60’s. I shut the air conditioner off last night… I wasn’t able to get to sleep last night, so sometime early this morning I asked Dave for a sleeping pill. He was already awake from all my tossing and turning… I have been writing my journal for the past month without asking Dave to check it for spelling, wrong words, and pronunciations. So please look over even mistakes… I fixed supper… Alfred called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Happy Birthday Kristal!!! Kristal is our niece in Atlanta, Georgia… Happy Birthday Austin!!! Austin is the son of a friend in Missouri… I did laundry, paid bills, made phone calls, and hosted the DASNI chat. Today in chat we had people from Turkey, England, Ireland, and USA… I spent some time outside today watching the butterflies, picking okra, and supervising Dave… Martha and Erin called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, September 01, 2008

Happy Labor Day!!!It is a brand new month and before we know it Christmas will be here… I have been busy today. Being gone so much last week, I got way behind with my housework. I picked up around the house and did laundry… I went to the chat room and chatted with my DASNI friends… Kenny called and invited us up for supper and it was so good. Thank you Kathy… I love looking out my window. The flag is waving and our new Weeping Willow tree looks great too… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma