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, September 30, 2009

This morning I called David and Lori to wish them a Happy 15th Anniversary… Dave went to have his eye checked and everything was fine… I watched a beautiful sunset tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dave got a call this morning that his hearing aide was fixed so he headed out to pick it up. We are both happy that it is finally fixed… I played solitaire, chatted with my friends in the DASNI chat room, picked okra, and watched butterflies enjoying the hummingbird flowers… Kenny and Kathy took us to Shogun’s for dinner and Heather went with us. We always enjoy eating there. Thank you, Kenny and Kathy… Dave and I met the new neighbors that bought Kenny and Kathy's house... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, September 28, 2009

This morning we went to look at a house. We are still undecided on what we want… I helped fix supper and that is about it for today. I am still feeling tired… Dave has gone to a City Council meeting and I am staying home watching Dancing With The Stars… Goodnight All.. Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, September 27, 2009

This morning I watched church services on television. Then I watched a couple movies. “Beach Party” and “Strangers When We Meet” Both are old movies… I haven’t been worth much today. I think I am tired from all I did yesterday… We found out today from our realtor that one of the houses that we really liked was sold. We were disappointed we didn’t get it, but know it must have happened for a reason. We still have another one we like and plan on taking another look at it tomorrow… I went with Dave to Kenny’s hangar to take the last load. I know Kenny will be happy to go to work tomorrow so he can rest. He has really been working hard… It was a warm 93 degrees and Kenny treated us to an Ice Cream sandwich. Thanks Kenny… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, September 26, 2009

This morning I watched a movie “The Ugly Dachshund”… After lunch we got ready to to go to Choctaw to a 50th Anniversary party for Carl and Pat McBrayer. They have been our friends for a long time. They live in our old neighborhood area and they were excited that we were planning on moving back in that area… Since we were in David and Lori’s neighborhood we went by to say hello to them. We got to see and get hugs from the great grandkids. Granddaughter Macey wanted Dave and I to look at their playhouse. I asked her if it was cleaned up and she said yes. It was nice and tidy… We came home and had a quick supper then we went up to see if we could help Kenny and Kathy. Kenny flew his plane to the Cashion barn for storage… I am really tired tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, September 25, 2009

This morning I had to crawl out of bed earlier than usual. We had ABC Carpet coming to do some stretching and repair of our carpet while they were here they shampooed the carpets… The house is looking so good I may not want to move… I chatted with my friends in the chat room and then I had to lay down and I went to sleep… I am watching a Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees baseball game. It isn’t looking good for the Red Sox… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dave took me to the state fair last night. We were there for five hours and I really enjoyed it and so did Dave… I was way too tired to think about posting a journal last night… It sure does feel like fall and beginning to look like it too. My mums are blooming… I got groomed today then we went for a drive in the country. We met Kenny out at his home site. They almost have his building finished… I helped Dave fix supper… I called George... Thank you Gary for the comment you left. Piedmont is just northwest Oklahoma City... Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

This afternoon the dogs were barking like crazy in the back yard. We looked out the window and saw a cow in our yard. Dave got on the 4- wheeler and kept the cow from going out on the highway and he got there just in time… I chatted with my friends, did laundry, and fixed supper… Now I am going to watch Dancing With the Stars Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Last night I was too tired to post a journal. In fact I forgot all about it, until I was already in bed… Yesterday we spent the day looking at homes and we saw one that we liked pretty well… I have been busy today doing laundry. I hung our bedding outside to dry… Kenny and Kathy moved out this past weekend and I am already missing them… Dave got a call from the City of Piedmont today saying that we don’t have to go to court tomorrow. The guy behind us agreed to pay his fine. He hasn’t ridden lately. I am sure he is tired of paying fines. I hope so anyway… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It has been a beautiful day. We were supposed to go look at homes today but where we were going to look was having pouring down rain. So we have rescheduled for tomorrow… I packed a few boxes for Kenny and Kathy then came home because we had two couples coming to look at the motor home. We still haven’t sold it but at least we are showing it… Jeanne called to remind me to come to chat… I watched the OU/Tulsa game and OU won… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, September 18, 2009

I have been confused all day. It seems like Saturday instead of Friday to me. I even called my friend Jean to wish her a Happy Birthday and her birthday is tomorrow… I have spent most of the day outside. Dave was busy putting in new flooring in his trailer and I was able to help a little bit… I pulled weeds out of another flowerbed. Seems liked I get one bed cleared and soon it is time to start all over again… We had a fun chat today. We are making plans to go to a Hawaii. I sure hope it works out so we can all go… I fixed supper and went back outside to pull more weeds… We saw a cow that got loose and was on Kenny’s acreage. Our dogs saw it first and were having a fit. Dave went on the four wheeler and chased it back toward home… I had a phone call from Sharon this morning. Sharon is Chip’s wife. It was nice hearing her voice and catching up with her… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dave took Sugar and Mindy in to be groomed this morning. I stayed home so I could dust, do laundry, and chat with my friends… This afternoon we went to an Open House at Waddell & Reed. While we were out we went to Kenny and Kathy’s new home site. They are already putting up a building… After I fixed supper we went over to Kenny and Kathy’s rent house… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I cleaned the bathroom, did laundry, hosted chat, fixed supper, picked okra, deadheaded roses, and I was deadheading the hostas when it started pouring down rain. I got soaked and I am not the only one, most of the neighborhood was out mowing… Now I am relaxing and watching a baseball game, Red Sox/Angels. GO RED SOX!!!! Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It is hard to believe that September is half gone… This afternoon we went to mediation to try and settle our deal with the motorcycle track behind us. There were eleven from our neighborhood that went. We didn’t get anywhere with the meeting. It went just as we thought it would. Next we will go to court… I came home and fixed our supper then Dave and I pulled weeds out of one of the flower gardens… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, September 14, 2009

It was another rainy day and I am starting to miss the sunshine… Dave went to take his hearing aide back today. John wasn’t able to fix it this time so it is being sent back to the company that made it. I hope they can get it working for him. It isn’t easy for him not hearing and for me repeating myself all the time… I did laundry, chatted with my online friends, fixed supper, and tonight we went to a planning meeting in Piedmont… I called Barbara Ruth to wish her a Happy Birthday… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Grandparent’s Day!!! It has been another rainy day… I have loafed today, playing solitare… The Ice Cream truck came and took me for ice cream. Thanks Kenny, I am sure going to miss you all when you move… Kathy and David and Lori called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It has been a rainy day… I folded yesterday’s laundry, fixed lunch, helped Dave pull weeds; I mostly supervised and hosted the DASNI chat… David and Kenny came to visit us. It was nice having both our sons here at the same time... Goodnight All. Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, September 11, 2009

Kerri, our realtor picked us up at 10:30 this morning to go look at some homes. We saw five homes but only liked one of them. So now we have two homes that we like. But we are still looking… While we were gone the maids came and our home is nice and clean and ready to show. If someone will just call to see it… Dave took me to Okarche to eat. I think it was called Tower’s Café and Bakery. It was very good… I did laundry… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Today we sold some furniture, a German Shrunk and a couple Lazy Boy recliners. We are downsizing and that is a good thing… We are searching the Internet for homes we think we would like look at. Tomorrow the realtor is taking us to look at some homes we thought looked interesting… I chatted with my DASNI friends, did a load of laundry, and helped fix supper… Kathy called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

We had an enjoyable anniversary dinner last night. David, Lori, and granddaughter Erin joined us. I ordered the Chicken Madeira and I would order it again. For dessert Dave and I shared a Chocolate Coconut Cream cheesecake… Thank you David and Lori… We had a storm today lots of wind and rain. The wind broke the flag pole… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Our 49th Anniversary. David, Lori, and Erin joined us.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Happy Anniversary Honey!!! Today is our 49th Anniversary… David and Lori are taking us out to dinner tonight to the Cheesecake Factory. I am excited because I have never been there… This morning we listed our home with a realtor. It wasn’t too hard. Now I have to be tidy forever and that is going to be hard to do but I can do it… I mentioned the other day about the playhouse Extreme make over and I am having trouble listing pictures here so my friend Gayle has pictures on her blog at there she listed the before and after pictures of Madison and Macey new playhouse. I hope you will check out Gayle’s blog… Gayle, David and Lori, and Kathy called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, September 07, 2009

Dave and I have both been busy today. He mowed the acreage and straightened his workshop… I cleaned the hood over the stove and stove top, cleaned under the sink, dusted, did two loads of laundry, and helped fix supper… The ice cream truck came and picked me up to go for an ice cream. That was a nice break. Kenny showed me the house he is hoping to rent until his home is built. It is a nice big four bedroom house… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, September 06, 2009

This morning we slept late. We have been sleeping with our windows open at night and I think it makes me sleep better… I watched a couple of old movies and did a load of laundry… This afternoon we went to look at more houses but didn’t see anything we liked… We went by David and Lori’s to see Madison and Macey’s remodeled playhouse. Lori, Kerry, and Erin did a great job in fixing it up. The girls are sure happy with it… David and Lori fixed a big meal to celebrate Kerry’s birthday and invited us to stay. It was sooo good. It was also great seeing everyone Chris, Jennifer, Madison, Macey, Kerry and Erin were all there. I love being around Madison and Macey and getting their hugs… We stopped by Kenny and Kathy’s on our way home and I got a big hug from Josh…. I have had an enjoyable day… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, September 05, 2009

This morning I walked with Cindy, one of the neighbors. When I say I walked actually Cindy walked and I was on my motorized scooter… Today I dead headed the roses, cleaned out the junk drawer, and did more supervising as Dave cleaned out the storm room and shed… Kathy fixed supper for us. We had brisket, potato salad, and corn on the cob. Thank you Kathy, it was delicious and I was really too tired too cook tonight… Watched a part of a couple football games… Richard called… Goodnight All.. Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, September 04, 2009

Dave woke me up about 10:30 this morning and he had my breakfast, oatmeal, cranberry juice, and coffee… I cleaned out the pantry, chatted in the DASNI chat room and fixed supper… Tonight Kenny asked me to go with him and Kathy to look at his land and I did. When I was leaving his house I saw five deer in his back yard. If we move I want a place where we can see the deer… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The realtor gave us a list of homes to drive by and look at and if we like them she will show us the inside. We saw a couple that we liked. While we were driving around we had a baby deer run in front of us. Lucky for the deer that Dave saw it soon enough to slow down… We stopped by to visit Linda and Kent, one of our neighbors from the old neighborhood… Traffic was really bad, I think many have started the Labor Day weekend early. I was so scared in all that traffic. But as always Dave got us home safely… I washed our sheets and hung them out to dry and fixed supper… David called and Kenny came by to say hello… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

We watched a pretty sunset tonight and then the full moon… I took it easy today and my tummy is feeling better. Today is my last day for the Antibiotics and I am happy for that… We had a realtor come to give us a market analysis today. We are seriously thinking of moving now since Kenny and Kathy are moving away… I had a phone call from Jeanne in Hawaii … Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

I had to climb out of bed early this morning because we had an appointment to see that house again in Choctaw. Kathy went with us and David and Lori met us there. They all liked it. I like it but I like where I am now except for one neighbor. I would like to get away from them… My tummy is not feeling well tonight so I will say Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma