This blog is about life with my husband who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Frontal Lobe Dementia in 2008. He was 64 at the time although now, knowing more about the disease, Alzheimer's was present many, many years ago, which is why early detection is so important. As you read the blog "Al" represents the way that Alzheimer's is invading our daily lives.
Bob was at "work" ( code for Adult Day Center) yesterday, but "Al" says he went to the State Fair . Sheri is jealous, she has never been to the State Fair but "Al" convinced her there was nothing new there, so she guesses she didn't miss much. :)
Sheri knows this will be a slow transition for Bob, "Al" keeps asking where Daughter Number Two is. Sheri knows it is not his fault, Sheri just needs to join him ...living in the moment. He was asking where she was daily before she left, it is just Sheri who is uncomfortable with the answer.
Sheri is sitting in a coffee shop with Bob, after dropping off Daughter Number Two at the airport. Sheri is having trouble fighting back the tears. "Al's" only concern if he has choir today, and if he is late for "work" (Code for Adult Day Center). Sheri HATES this disease.
Sheri needs to pause, praise and pray.
Truth be told, Sheri is struggling with the fact that Daughter Number Two ( the one who shields her heart with her sleeve) is leaving tomorrow to finally start her married life has a military wife.. Sheri is very happy for her ... but she will miss her dearly. She has grown in to a beautiful, gifted young woman and her knight in shining armor will be by her side. Sheri prays for protection and blessing over both of them and their lives together.
Sheri and Bob were watching Candid Camera, they were on the third episode when it cut to a commercial. At the end of the commercial run there was a commercial for none other than the "Candid Camera show." "Al turns to Sheri and says "when is that on? It looks like that would be fun to watch."
Bob has been swiping food again from work, before he was bringing home unopened packages of crackers and cookies. "Al" has started bringing home what looks like true open leftover snacks he is collecting from the tables, wrapped in the ever present collection of napkins in his pockets. Sheri just smiles sweetly and puts them quietly in the trash. :)
At Bob's "work" (code for Adult Day Center), some people only go a couple of days a week, while Bob attends 5 days a week. "Al" feels like they should get a handle on those who don't come to "work" everyday because it leaves the bulk of the choir work for him to get figured out. :)
Sheri is not sure if the full moon has had anything to do with "Al"'s strange night behavior the last few nights or not but a 6'4 body draped over the side bed rail Sheri has for him, can be a very scary sight in the middle of the night.