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.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Unfortunately, the injections Bob had in his back a month or so ago did not help his pain this time. As a result "Al" is agitated and hurting. Sheri wonders if there are studies about the affects of pain on Alzheimer's. Bob is not himself even the "self " Sheri lovingly refers to as "Al". :(
Monday, October 5, 2015
As Sheri was running errands yesterday, Bob began his new rambling type conversation. "Al" pointed out the window at every bridge, retainer wall and fence and proudly declared he had built them all. Sheri chuckled as she thought to herself "well no wonder Bob's back hurts." :)
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Sheri loves fall, it is her favorite time of year. But it is a double edge sword, because after fall comes what Sheri refers to as the "frozen tundra", which brings more isolation and fears of Bob and "Al" falling. She needs to put on her thinking cap and come up with some new activities to keep them engaged and some what active. She also needs to just take one day at a time. :)
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Bob presented Sheri with pencils with fake flowers taped to the top that he took from work (code for Adult Day Center) again. As he pulled the rumpled flower pencils out of his pocket and handed them to Sheri, "Al" said "do you think these will come back to life?"
Dear sweet man:)
Dear sweet man:)
Friday, October 2, 2015
Sometimes in this Alzheimer world she lives in, Sheri finds it hard to have a grateful heart. Yesterday she woke up with the "why me attitude" that she hates to admit creeps in to her mind from time to time. So Sheri threw her camera in the car and after dropping Bob off at "work" (code for Adult Day Center) stopped at her favorite park before she went to work. For Sheri, just a few minutes in cool fresh air breathing in God's glory is enough to change the whole tone of her day. :)
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Bob was never fond of Sheri's cats, he was definitely a dog person. "Al" however, is delighted when the cat lays on his chest in bed at night and will tell Sheri over and over (and over and over) to look and see who likes him now :)
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
When Sheri picked Bob up from work (code for Adult Day Center) yesterday, she escorted Bob to the car door as she usually does. As she shut the car door behind him she said "We need to put your seat belt on" and Sheri proceeded to her side of the car. She got in the car and looked over to see if Bob had put his seat belt on. Bob must have had a rough day at work because instead of putting on the seat belt, "Al" was in the process of removing Bob's belt from his pants. :)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Bob is sure one of the guys at "work" (code for Adult Day Center) has stolen his "projectile" magnet thingy. This time Sheri is going to let "Bob" think whatever he wants because that thing became "Al's" weapon of choice. :)
Monday, September 28, 2015
We clutter our minds and lives with lots of things, but the only "things" that truly matter, are the friends and family we have around us ... and those who are not.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Sheri, Daughter Number 2 (the one who shields her heart with her sleeve) and her husband completed the 3 mile Twin Cities Walk to END Alzheimer's yesterday. Most of the time Sheri feels very alone on this journey, it was wonderful to see that she is not. God is Good.
|Sheri, Son-inlaw, Daughter number 2|
|The crowd of over 10,000|
|Bob and "Al's Day Care providers "Open Circle" sign|