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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob managed a hardware store in is last career. Always building this or that, before that he read intricate blueprints for remodeling retail stores."Al" is sitting staring at the 36 Alzheimer puzzle that 3 months ago he could put together in 4 hours or so. Now neither Bob nor "Al" can do this task. "Alzheimer's " is destroying Bob's brain, there is no end to this destructiveness. Sheri needs to remember to live one day at a time, appreciate what "Al" can do, and pause, praise and pray.

Matthew 6:34
 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Now that Sheri's foot is better, she is going to try to take better care of herself and get back on the treadmill that has been acting as a clothes rack for the last 6 months ( okay, maybe a little longer than that :). She even paid a little more and took Bob and "Al" to "work" yesterday, so she could get some routine medical tests done. Being a caregiver can take the life right out us, if we are not careful. Now if she could just get over her anxiety about getting back to a dentist.  :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

There was a recent review of Sheri's blog that brought her great joy. For all of us that are in the middle of this awful disease, Sheri shares this recognition of our struggles with you, because we are all in this together. :)

Blog of the week

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri woke up this morning and was reminded of how much she missed Bob. "Oh well", she thought to herself, "the dead mouse on the living room floor is not going to hop its way to garbage by itself now is it?." Ugh.
Sometimes it is just the little things.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri had to stop at the store on her way home form work yesterday. When they went back out to the car, Bob proceeded to get in on the wrong side of the car. Sheri gently reminded him where to get in and "Al" with his thumb in Bob's belt loop stretching out his back in his usual way, began immediately to whistle. The nonchalant whistle that means  " of course... I knew that".  :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob is sure that if Sheri let him buy a motorcycle, he could drive it. But Sheri knows "Al's" sense of  direction is a little off since Sheri has to say "turn left "as Bob heads for the bathroom :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

If Sheri were honest and she tries to be, she would say that some days (okay most days) she is on  auto pilot. She gets through the day by leaving her emotions in bed. She follows the exact same routine for Bob and "Al"in the morning, she works all day, comes home and follows the same routine each night.... gets up and does it all over again. Yep auto pilot.
Sheri hates this disease.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri has noticed that when Bob wants to participate in a conversation, "Al" will just look around the room, or out the window of the car, and start talking about what he sees as if it were part of the conversation . It is a very strange phenomenon, subtle changes. Sheri usually just similes and nods. What a very strange disease.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob was very chatty yesterday. "Al" spun a very long tale of an employee of his at "work" (code for Adult Day Center ) that was terminated without his permission, and convinced the others to rehire. He laid out all the rules of hiring and firing, and all the great qualities of the employee, "Al" essentially gave Bob one big pat on the back :)