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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri feels it setting in again. The crisp fall air that she loves. and shorter days, also reminds her that she will soon be in the "frozen tundra" again. This winter she is going to use the light she has for light therapy starting like ... now. She is also going to try to focus on indoor photography in the evenings, as long as Bob and "Al" continue to go to bed so early. (Of course she should focus on house cleaning, but that is no fun now is it?)



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

There are people in every corner of the world experiencing such suffering. Sheri has no right to be dissatisfied with her life. How can she know about these awful things and in the same breath be selfish in her desire for a relationship she can not have? She wants a hug, when children are parent-less, she wants romance when others want food. She wants conversation when others don't have the freedom to speak what is in their heart.
Sheri need to pause ( because breathing deep before taking action brings clarity), praise (because giving thanks for all the things God provides for her, and the promises of what He will bring in the future, helps her see what she does have, and not focus on her losses) , and pray (because asking God to heal our world, give her strength and show her the plan for her life) is the only conversation that will matter in the end.
It helps Sheri when she puts a little perspective on her life.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

It seems to Sheri that choir is the only thing that occupies Bob mind. Driving down the road to help Daughter Number One  (the one who wears her heart on her sleeve) finish moving out of her apartment, Sheri says to Bob (just for the sake of conversation)  " I don't think there is to much left to move", "Al" nods his head as if he is agreeing and says " Yea, I am not sure about choir either" :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

"Al" thinks Zoey and Meeko the cats, should wear name tags like he does at "work" ( code for Adult Day Center)  Something tells Sheri she might have a difficult time keeping them on the cats  :)




Saturday, September 27, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

"Al" woke up way to early this morning, So Sheri put Bob in the car and went off to find God's glory in the early fall morning. It was just what she needed. God is good.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob kept talking about the "seniors" as if he were not included in that group. So Daughter Number One ( the one who wears her heart on her sleeve), asked him how old he thought he was. After shifting his eyes to one side and jaw to the other, "Al" replied with a slight question in his voice "59"?  (True answer 71) Daughter number one smiled and said, "and old do you think I am Dad?" "Al" replied "48'? Daughter Number One clarified for him and said Dad I am 24, "Al" with a look of disbelief on his face said "Na... can't be"   :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob thinks the ladies at "work"(code for Adult Day Center). still do to much "chit chatting". But then again "Al" thinks his choir is singing in the Grand Ole Opry House too.  :)
Gotta love him.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is remembering a time when the kids were little and the five of them lived in a small three bedroom apartment. Bob built shelves in the corner of the living room, from floor to ceiling for all of  their toys in a matter of hours. Bob was a firm believer in "a place for everything, and everything in its place." "Al" however,can not find his glasses or his cane, and can't figure out how to start the battery operated drill.What a stark contrast to man Sheri married. This disease takes everything.
 On the lighter side, they won't get charged for all those holes in the walls this time. :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri need to make a note to herself, to check Bob's pockets before putting "Al's"jeans in the wash. Vanilla wafers and milk may be good for snack at "work" (code for Adult Day Center), but vanilla wafers and washing machine water just makes for well...mush. :(

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.