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, April 29, 2009

We got more rain this morning… Today I cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, chatted with friends in the DASNI chat room… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It has been a cool day up in the 50’s. I was outside for a little while but I had a jacket on… Dave has been waxing the motor home… I fixed lunch and supper and cleaned the kitchen… Our white dogs found the mud. I guess it is a good thing that we don’t have much rain here… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Helen!!! Helen is our friend in Marietta, Georgia… I don’t know where the day went. The days fly by for me… I got plenty of ME time today. Dave went for physical therapy and tonight he went to a city council meeting… I made a meat loaf for supper, that is Dave’s favorite food… Norita called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, April 26, 2009

It has been a very windy day. I thought I was going to blow away when I was out watering the flowers… I went to chat with my DASNI friends and this afternoon we went with Kenny and Kathy to see more open houses… I watched a movie “Tea for Two” and played some pogo games… We put dust mite proof mattress covers on our mattress and pillows. The allergy doctor recommends that I have them for my allergies… David called… We are under another tornado watch… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, April 25, 2009

With the house clean and the laundry all done, I got to do fun stuff today. Watch movies, play games, and give Sugar more TLC… I have yellow Iris’s blooming and I went up and checked on the garden. We have peas, radishes, corn, green beans, and beets coming up… I went with Kenny and Kathy to look at some new homes… Tonight I watched Joel Osteen in New York at the new Yankee Stadium… I hosted the DASNI chat, fixed supper, and called Lynn in South Dakota… We are under a tornado watch…. Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, April 24, 2009

This morning we continued getting ready for the maids visit. Then Dave went to have his hearing aid adjusted again… This afternoon we went for an open house for the new pharmacy and gift shop in Piedmont. We registered for a big screen TV they are giving away. I hope we win… Yesterday Sugar got spayed and I have been giving her lots of TLC. Poor baby… Tonight I was invited to a jewelry party that one of my neighbor’s, Cindy was having. I found out that the pharmacist lives on our street and we didn’t even know it. His wife was at the party. I had a good time visiting with the ladies… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I have been busy today doing laundry, and picking up around the house. We are hoping the maids will come tomorrow… Our friend Jean called and said they were having a motorcycle dinner run to Chicken and Chops in Piedmont and invited us to meet them there. We went and it was so nice catching up with Chuck and Jean and meeting the new riders. We rode with them back in the early 90’s and we always had so much fun… It is starting to look stormy out so I am going to post this and shut down my computer… Goodnight All Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It was a hot 92 degrees today. I want spring back… Dave bought a new zero turn mower today and I am trying to think of what I can buy now. LOL … I fixed supper and watered the flowers and vegetable plants… This evening I went over to visit with our neighbors next door… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

This morning I had a follow-up appointment to see Dr. Baugh. She said my lungs were clear and she didn’t think that they were stuck together anymore. Now if I could get rid of this terrible cough I would be very happy… I fed the birds and filled the Hummingbird feeder. The hummers are finally here… This evening I went up to Kenny’s and Kathy and I sat out on the back porch while Kenny flew his plane. It was a perfect day to fly… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, April 20, 2009

Heather and Josh.

It was a beautiful day in the upper 70’s. I spent most of the day doing laundry. I fixed lunch, supper, chatted with my DASNI friends, and fed the flowers and vegetable plants... Tonight we went to Josh and Heather’s NTHS ceremony. We are very proud of both of them… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, April 19, 2009

We got rain during the night; we will take all we can get. It wasn’t enough to stop the motorcycles from riding and stirring up the dust. Dave was taking an afternoon nap and the noise from the motorcycles woke him up… I watched the Memorial Ceremony this morning on television for the 14-year anniversary of the OKC bombing. It is also the 14th anniversary of my diagnosis of Alzheimer’s… I picked up Sugar’s mess of shredded newspaper all over the house and ran the vacuum, made potato soup for lunch, went to the DASNI chat, and watched my favorite movie “OKLAHOMA”… Norita called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, April 18, 2009

It was after ten when I woke up this morning… All day long our weather radio has been going off with warnings of Tornado watches and severe thunderstorms… I hosted the DASNI chat and worked in the flower garden. I planted the Cosmo seeds, deadheaded the tulips, and we transplanted some Passion Flowers… I fixed lunch and supper… After supper Kenny called and wanted us to go with them to look at some acreage he and Kathy are looking at buying. On our way home it started to rain and the sun was shining. We saw two beautiful rainbows… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, April 17, 2009

This morning I had an appointment for a bone scan. While we were out we went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Big Lots, Smith’s Lawn and Garden, Aldi’s, and TLC. We also went to Red Lobster to eat… When we finally got home I was so tired that I had to lie down for an hour or so. I used the Nebulizer then we went outside and visited with Sean, Billye and kids. Today was Marley’s second birthday. It is hard to believe she is two already and she is talking so well… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith IN Oklahoma

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It was 69 degrees today but when I went out to water the flowers it didn’t seem like it was that warm. Another windy day here in Piedmont… I did laundry, hosted the DASNI chat, made some fresh nectar for the hummingbirds, and helped fix supper… I noticed I have another bloom on my Orchid. I am so proud of myself for keeping it alive since December… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax Day!!!
Happy Birthday Junior!!! Junior is our nephew in North Carolina… Dave mailed our taxes off today on his way to see the Urologist. He got a good report and doesn’t have to return for six months… This afternoon we went to TLC Nursery for our flower and vegetable plants. I supervised Dave has he got them all planted… Josh came down with an invitation to his NTHS “National Techinal Honor Society” Josh’s design was picked for the announcement… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Bill!!! Bill is our nephew in Ohio… It was a beautiful 73 degree day and I got outside and played with the dogs. Our four dogs and Kenny’s two dogs came down also. I saw blue birds and butterflies while I was outside and they were enjoying the day also… I cleaned the bathroom, washed our bedding, and fixed supper… Dave flew his model plane and spent the rest of the afternoon replacing a part on the commode in the motor home… I received phone calls from a classmate Lynn, in South Dakota and our son David… I hope you visit my friend’s site at Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, April 13, 2009

Last night I didn’t get to sleep until way after midnight. I got over stimulated yesterday but it was all worth it… We got rain yesterday so the grandkids had their Easter egg hunt inside the house. It wasn’t as much fun as the outside one but they did have fun… Dave and I have been enjoying eating the mushrooms that David gave us. Thanks David. I sautéed some last night but today I fried them like my Mother used to do. How she loved her mushrooms. George, I ate some for you too… This afternoon Dave and I got our piggy and turtle banks out and rolled all the coins. We have enough to fill our motor home with diesel… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!!! We got up early this morning to go to Barbara’s for dinner. We were to be there at 1:00 and Noble is a long ways from our house… Their were 25 of us their to enjoy a delicious dinner and I ate too much as usual when I go to Barbara’s… David brought mushrooms “morels” for us and I can’t wait to fix them… Tonight I am watching a movie “Easter Parade” while I do some laundry. Dave is taking a nap… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I had a bad night last night. I woke with one of worst headaches ever and then I got sick at my stomach. I am thinking it may be caused by one of my new medicines, the nose spray. I won’t be using it tonight… I have been lazy today. I went up to check on the garden and only the peas are coming up that I could tell. We are to get rain tomorrow so that should help. Dave did some more planting… Lori called and invited us to her Mother’s for Easter dinner and we accepted… I am watching “The Ten Commandments”… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thanks to Sandy in Ohio for signing my guest book at I didn’t do a journal last night because we lost our power and by the time it came back on I was already in bed… We are so proud of our granddaughter, Heather. She took a test for HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) for Pathophysiology and scored the second highest score in the state. She got a silver medal today. :)… I picked up around the house and helped with supper then I cleaned up the kitchen… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Happy Birthday Howard!!! Howard is Dave’s brother in Ohio… I slept till after 11:00 this morning and then I only woke up because Dave brought me coffee and woke me up… I went to the DASNI chat and helped fix supper… I spent some time outside this afternoon, it was 80 degrees and not much wind. I visited with the neighbors… George called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

I took a few days off from journaling. I just didn’t feel like doing it… This morning we left early to go vote and then to see the allergist. I was there for quite awhile. I found out I am allergic to quite a few things, grass, weeds, trees, dust, and etc… After the allergist we went to Tinker and got our medications. We had an hour and half wait there. Then we went to the commissary and after that we got some lunch at Subway… We have new neighbors behind us and they have put in a motorcycle motocross track and you should see my windows, they are covered in dust. None of us are very happy about it… I called Sandy in Ohio… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Today we had a roofer come out and repair some shingles that had blown off. I didn’t like what he charged but it was better than having Dave up there on the roof… I chatted with my DASNI friends, watched a couple movies on the Hallmark channel… Spent some time outside and fixed supper… Tonight we went up and sat out on the porch at Kenny and Kathy’s… Please keep Dave’s brother Richard in your prayers, he was admitted to the hospital today… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, April 03, 2009

I woke up early this morning because of a phone call. GRRR … I did another load of laundry and helped fix lunch and supper. I chatted with my DASNI friends in the chat room then I took a short nap. I am only able to take naps when I am sick. I hope I continue to take naps when I am well. I think it would be good for me… David called this morning and he had Madison and Macey there so I was able to talk to all of them… Heather came down tonight to help me with some computer problems. Thanks Heather… I put on a mask and got outside for a little while today… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Thanks to Mary Ellen in Peru, Indiana for signing my guest book at I love it when people take the time to sign my guest book. So please sign it so I will know who my readers are.
Today has been a chilly and very windy day… I did laundry and Dave folded them for me and I put them away… I made a pot of potato soup for our lunch. It has been awhile since I have done that… I laid down and took a nap. I don’t think the steroid pack is helping me, at least I can’t see that it has helped… I read the weekly newspaper… Duchess called me; she and Vince leave Florida on Saturday to go back home to Ohio… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I haven’t had any April fool jokes pulled on me today. That is a first… Dave took me today to get groomed and that made me feel better and I look better too. We went by for a short visit with Martha. Then we got groceries. I helped put away groceries and now I am thinking about going to bed… I called Aunt Florence. She is my 92-year-old Aunt who I love very much… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma