This blog is about life with my husband who was diagnosed with Early Onset 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 the character"Al" that I created in 2008 represents the way that Alzheimer's is invading our daily lives.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob was never into jewelry, she could barely get him to wear his wedding ring. "Al" on the other hand is much more fashion oriented and is comfortable showing his softer side :)
Pipe cleaners, are a great tool, for this hardware guy :)





Sunday, May 1, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is feeling slightly overwhelmed by life. She just needs to pause, praise and pray.
1 Peter 5:7
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob heard the birds chirping away out side the bedroom window. "Al" with concern in his voice asked "Do you think that means they are hungry?"
Heavy sigh....

Friday, April 29, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

On the way home from "work" (code for Adult Day Center) yesterday, "Al" explained how he had been out painting every single fence they passed along the road. Bob was frustrated however because his work crew was not was not able to stick to the blueprint. Sheri chuckled to herself as she envision that sweet little lady that sits by the door at the Day Center, holding onto her walker with one hand and a paint paint roller in the other. :)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

"Al" still has a gentle spirit. Trying to use Bob's problem solving skills, "Al" asked Sheri if they should bring the birds in out of the rain. Sheri smiled and patted Bob's knee, and said "well lets see if it is still raining  tomorrow :)"


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is still struggling with foot pain, from her fall last fall. (No pun intended) She saw the surgeon yesterday and her gave a cortisone shot in her foot. She is hoping that will help because as a result of compensating for her foot pain she is having hip pain that is almost worse then her foot pain. What was that old song... the knee bone is connected to thigh bone... the thigh bones connected to the....
none of this is helping with her sleep since her hip seems to wake her up opposite times of "Al's night escapades. Finding time to take of yourself is one of the many challenges of being a caregiver, but it is a vicious cycle,  since we are no good to anyone if we don't take care of ourselves.
Heavy sigh....

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri and Daughter number 1 ( the one who wears her heart on her sleeve) took Bob and "Al" on a short road trip this weekend to Sartel to take engagement photos. It was about an hour and a half drive. Sheri has not tried this type of trip in a very long while so she was a bit apprehensive. Sheri tried to think creatively and told Bob she was going to be his driver today, buckled him to the back seat (so that she and daughter Number 1 could talk) and let him discover the bag of pipe cleaners she brought with them. "Al" whistled a way through the road trip and even made Sheri a gift out of pipe cleaners. God is Good. :)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is seeing more agitation and anger in "Al". It shows itself at unexpected times. One thing that Sheri has figured out is that the agitation and anger is really Bob's code for feeling anxious and fearful. It would make sense that fear would manifest itself in anger, since "Al" can no longer find his way through life and Bob doesn't know the "plan". :(

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob was never fond of the cats. Sheri thinks little Zoey the cat has changed Bob's mind...well maybe "Al's" mind, they have become bead buddies :)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Well... it looks like "Al" may be finding his own things for Bob to fidget with. Sheri is just not sure  how long it will take before the "choir bus" company will notice the missing reflectors.  EEK :)