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.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!!! Dave and I have been watching a coyote. It was running across our yard last night and we saw it again this morning. We have lived here for six years and that was the first time I have seen a coyote. I have heard them many times off in a distance… We had a fun day but we missed David and Lori. Kenny and Kathy came over for a cook out and Kathy brought her delicious potato salad. It was all very good… Then we went looking for swimming pools but didn’t find the one we were looking for… After that we to Braums in the ice cream truck and we all had a sundae except for Dave, he had a Mix… Then we went to Kenny and Kathy’s new home and I got to see their granite counter tops and island, I really like it, it’s so pretty. Kathy and I sat out on their back porch and watched Kenny fly his plane. We just got home a little while ago… Last night something bit me and I am sure it is a spider bite. It is on my neck and it doesn’t feel good… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Slept late this morning, woke up just in time to watch church services on TV…
I am been extra lazy today. Watched movies and that’s about all I have done. I hope to get outside later and do some deadheading when it cools down. Right now it is 90 degrees out there and that is too hot for me… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dave chased 14 cows back home, they were coming into our neighborhood. Now I am calling Dave, Cowboy… I fixed lunch and Dave loaded up the car with airplanes and went out to Kenny’s house. I stayed home and did laundry, pulled weeds, chatted with my friends, and got into Dave’s Peanut M&M’s. I ate so many I got a sugar high. I laid down and fell asleep. It is very unusual for me to take a nap in afternoon. It was the sugar that did it… Dave still isn’t home so next I may get into his Moose Tracks Ice Cream… I am watching a movie “The Best Years of Our Lives”… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, May 28, 2010

It was a very warm day. I was outside for a while and watched Dave repot the bougainvillea tree for me… I made new nectar for the hummingbirds, chatted with my friends and fixed supper… The Nurse came and gave me my Vitamin B/12 shot and the aide came to see me also… Tonight we have been invited up to the Smith’s house. They are the ones who bought Kenny and Kathy’s house. I am looking forward to seeing the changes they have made to it… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Lynn!!! Lynn is a friend in Vancouver, Canada… Ali, the therapist came this morning. She gave me a good workout and a lot of homework to do… The insurance adjustor came and he agreed with the roofer that our roof is a total loss and we also will get new guttering and some screens… I finished up yesterday’s laundry and fixed lunch and supper… We made a trip to Aldi’s to pick up a few groceries… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

We had some thunderstorms today but didn’t get any rain from it… I fixed lunch, chatted with my friends in the DASNI chat room, did laundry, worked in the flower beds, and helped fixed supper… Gayle, Dave says thank you for the birthday wish… I will be watching American Idol tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Honey!!! Today is Dave’s 69th birthday… I had a doctor’s appointment to see Dr. Fixley. They gave me a breathing test while I was there and the doctor said it was normal. I can cut my Advair back to once a day now… Brenda, the aide came and did some light housekeeping… I fixed lunch, picked up around the house, pulled some weeds, and fixed supper… Looking forward to TV tonight… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dave went to Tinker to pick up some medicines. I stayed home and did laundry. I washed our sheets and hung them out on the clothesline. It was so windy that they were almost dry by the time I got them hung up… Melissa, a physical therapist came to see me about my shoulder pain. She said I have tendonitis and that Ali will be working with me. I am to use ice on the shoulder for ten minutes each hour… Redonna the nurse came to see me… We had yesterday’s leftovers for supper and they were so good… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Teresa!!! Teresa is a friend in Arkansans… I went to the DASNI chat and chatted with friends and Teresa was there. We had a party for her… David, Lori, Kenny, and Kathy came and we had a early birthday cake for Dave then we all went to see Kenny and Kathy’s house and from there we went to Shoguns for a delicious dinner. The chef we had was very entertaining. We all came home with a to go box. I love my family they are the best… David and Lori, thank you for my Mother's Day gifts. I love the photo and flowers very much... We got home just in time to watch Brooks and Dunn-The Last Rodeo… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I watched a couple of movies today… After supper Dave and I went out to see Kenny and Kathy’s house. The painting is all finished and they will be moving in some time next month. I know they will be so happy to get in their new home. On our way home we dropped off the movies at the movie place… I don’t know where today went. It seem to fly by… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Nurse and Nurse’s Aide came to see me today… Dave and I took advantage of a perfect day and washed our windows and screens on the back of the house. I also washed the patio furniture down. I washed two loads of laundry and fixed supper… Tonight I watched a movie “The Blind Side” It is a great movie… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Sandy!!! Sandy is a friend in Ohio… A guy came this morning and brought me a heating pad that has water running through it. The doctor ordered it for me… I went to the DASNI chat then I went outside and pulled some weeds and watched the butterflies and birds… We ran some errands, picked up a couple movies to watch and went to Aldi’s… I fixed supper and tonight I don’t know why but I am so tired… It sure was good to not having our weather radio going off saying we were having tornado warnings… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

We have been under tornado warnings most of the day. But so far we have lucked out.,. I saw a rainbow when it was raining and the sun was shining… I took our homeowners check over to our neighbor, Kim and got to see her little adopted baby… David, Richard, and George called… I am watching American Idol now… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

BJ, the nurse came first thing this morning. After she left I did a load of laundry then went outside to get my Vitamin D and to check on the peach trees. I was sick looking at all the peaches on the ground that had been knocked off during the hailstorm. No peaches again this year… I went to chat and chatted with all my DASNI friends. Duchess, you were missed today… Brenda, the nurse’s aide came to see me and did some light housekeeping… I fixed supper… I am looking forward to watching Dancing With the Stars and American Idol tonight… My tummy still hurts… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, May 17, 2010

Yesterday I was in bed most of the day with a tummy ache. Only got out of bed long enough to go to the safe room. We had a tornado warning, which turned out to be only a really bad hail storm. Our yard was covered with golf ball size hail. Dave had gone to the hangar with Kenny. I gathered up our four dogs, our medicines, and my purse and went to the safe room. Kathy came over with her two dogs to join us in the safe room. The rent house they are living in until their new home is ready doesn’t have a place for them to go… Dave and I saw Dr. Wilbanks today. Dave saw the doctor for fatigue and me for my tummy ache and shoulder. They drew seven tubes of blood from Dave and one tube from me. I am now on antibiotics and they gave me a shot in the butt for my shoulder pain… We left there and headed to Tinker for our medicines and went to the BX and bought luggage, then to the commissary for groceries… I helped put groceries away and fixed us a microwave dinner. That is all I felt like doing… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kenny and Kathy picked us up today and we went to granddaughter, Heather’s high school graduation… After graduation they took us out to a nice dinner… Our Internet has been down and just came back on and it is late, I am way too tired to write anymore tonight… Heather, Congratulations!!! Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Friday, May 14, 2010

It is 59 degrees and rainy, we are really having spring weather for a change. We had to turn the furnace back on… Brenda, the Nurse’s Aide came to see me and also the maids came today. I was busy this morning getting ready for the maids visit. Yes, you might say I clean before they get here but mostly I pick up and clear a path for them… Dave repaired a kitchen chair that he had broken earlier in the week and planted the two Double Knock Out Roses… I did a couple loads of laundry and helped with supper… Please keep my cousin’s son, Derek in your prayers he is a young man who is in need of a heart transplant… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I didn’t sleep well last night because of thunderstorms. Our weather radio had not been working so I was also nervous we might have a tornado… I went to DASNI chat and then we headed to town. We went to Radio Shack and spent a bunch of cash. We needed a new television for our safe room and Dave wanted some headphones so he could understand what they are saying on television. I hope they will work for him. We made a stop at Lowe’s, Aldi’s, and Ace Hardware. I got two more Double Knock Out Roses… When we got home I helped put away groceries and fixed our supper… I am tired tonight… David called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I have been keeping an eye on the weather. We are under another tornado watch… This afternoon I was out on the front porch, checking on the Roses, when I saw a snake. YIKES! I called for Dave and between him and me we took care of it. I do not like spiders and snakes. The snake snapped at Shiloh… I fixed our lunch, folded laundry and put it away, and helped with supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

We survived the tornado yesterday but many people in Oklahoma weren’t so lucky. Now if we can get through the rest of the week… The Nurse came to visit and so did the Nurse’s Aide… I made more nectar for the hummingbirds, picked up around the house, cleaned the bathrooms, fixed supper, and did another load of laundry.., Janey, Jeanne, and George called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, May 10, 2010

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day…. We are under a tornado watch so I am posting this now. Getting prepared to go to our safe room in the garage… I did laundry and fixed supper… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Yesterday I mentioned that Dave went to town. He came home with a huge Bougainvillea Tree for me for Mother’s Day… I went outside today to check on garden and flowers and that wind was so cold. I didn’t stay out there for long and I was wearing a sweatshirt… I chatted with my online friends and fixed Dave a pork chop supper… Dave went out to Kenny’s house right after supper to fly model planes… I baked a pie for tomorrow… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Friday, May 07, 2010

Happy Birthday Gayle!!! Gayle is a friend in Washington…

This morning I was woke up with a phone call. It was the Nurse saying she was on her way to give a Vitamin B/12 shot. So I hurry out of bed fix my breakfast and start a load of laundry… The Nurse leaves and I fed the vegetable plants. Then the Nurses Aide shows up for her visit… I folded laundry, fixed lunch, and worked in the flowerbeds… One of the three birdhouses that Dave made is already being occupied… Dave mowed the grass and now he has gone to town… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Dave gave the four dogs a bath this morning. Then Dave and I took a bath and we even took our car in for a bath. So we are all clean… I went to the chiropractor. She gave me a treatment and the past two days she is has been using ice and hooking me up to some kind of wires… We went to the credit union and then got groceries. We stopped and picked up Subway sandwiches for supper… I still need to ride the bike; I have done all the other exercises that I am supposed to do… Tonight is Dr. Mitch’s chat at in the Dr. Mitch’s chat room… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Happy Birthday Janey!!! Janey is a friend that lives in Illinois… Happy Birthday JOSH!!! Josh is our grandson who is 21 today… I fixed our lunch and supper by myself… Ali came and gave me physical therapy. Today was the last day for her. Now I need to keep doing them by myself… I went for another treatment. I have a big bulge on the back of my neck; Tami said swelling causes it… My Knock Out Rose is starting to bloom. I need to get outside and feed the Roses but the wind is so bad it isn’t good for me to be outside… Dave made me three birdhouses… Going to get the ice pack now and watch some television… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The wind came back today and it was a strong wind. We had temperatures in the 80’s. I put on a mask and went outside to check on the flowers and our vegetable garden. The Peonies are blooming and we have a couple green tomatoes… Tony, the nurse came to see me this morning and he said I should be taking ibuprofen three times a day for pain in my shoulder. So that is what I have been doing, plus the ice pack… I did three loads of laundry and fixed supper… I went to see the chiropractor and when we got back home Brenda, the aide came. Brenda took my vital signs and she helped me put clean mattress cover and fresh sheets on our bed… I watched “Dancing With the Stars” and American Idol tonight and ate popcorn… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Monday, May 03, 2010

Today I am remembering the May 3, 1999 tornado. We were in it, Dave and me and three dogs were hiding in our bedroom closet. We were scared to death. My friend and neighbor, Linda was one who was killed in it… Ali, the physical therapist came this morning. I am thinking I only have one more day with her… I went to the DASNI chat room and chatted with my online friends. While I was there one of my neighbors came over. She is a crafty lady and I knew she made jewelry so I asked to see some pink earrings. She brought a tray full of earrings and since I have a terrible time making decisions I ended up buying three pair. I am always losing one earring… I went to see the chiropractor and got another treatment. I was hurting all weekend and that is what is making me so tired. The ice pack is a good friend of mine now… The flag was barely waving today, my kind of day. 73 degrees… Dave and I sat out on the back porch eating a ice cream bar and watching the birds. I made nectar for the hummingbirds, They were giving me dirty looks because their feeder was empty… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Happy Birthday Sharon!!! Sharon is a friend in North Carolina… I did a load of laundry and I still have to fold them and put them away… Kenny and Kathy took us to Chili’s for dinner. I had grilled salmon and they all ordered baby back ribs… I feel tired and think I will fold clothes and go to bed early tonight… George called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Happy 11th Anniversary Kenny and Kathy!!! Kenny is our son… Happy Birthday Diana!!! Diana is a friend in Florida… Happy Birthday Martha!!! Martha is a friend in Bethany, Oklahoma… Dave went with Kenny out to his house. When they came back they brought me a hot fudge sundae. It sure tasted good. I had forgotten how good ice cream was… I watched a Lifetime movie and chatted with my DASNI friends… I fixed supper and folded laundry… George called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma