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, May 22, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Thank you for all your prayers and support

                            Bob and "Al"

March 29th 1943 - May 22nd 2018                         



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Living with Bob and “Al”

Sheri can not explain the sound of the dying .

Monday, May 21, 2018

Living with Bob and “Al”

“They” have lingered in this darkness, this place between life and death , far to long. The fight to breathe, has won the battle for 72 hours , each breath more labored than the last. As the soft gurgle ends each breath , followed by the long silence of a hope , Sheri wishes this to be over, yet she knows this is not about her. We have told him it was time for him to go, all three of his girls will be ok, she is just not sure if she is reaching Bob .... she needs “Al” to step aside just one more time.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is so proud of daughter number1 and daughter number 2. They have grown into such compassionate caring young adults. They truly understand the devastation this disease brings. Each week they visit their Dad and they sing to him, very German Bob loved this song. The others in the facility enjoy their music as well. Sheri loves her children with all her heart. God is good.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

This morning while Sheri was sitting on patio drinking her coffee, the first humming bird of the season flew right up with in inches of Sheri's face and stayed there for several seconds. A smile spread across Sheri's face as she heard the soft hum of it's wings. It felt like it was looking straight at her, and as it flew away Sheri thought she heard it calling "come follow me, there is so much more of this life to lead."

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri can not figure out how to really touch her grief without needing to lock herself in her room for months at time. To many worlds that need to be compartmentalized.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sometimes Sheri sits and studies Bob's face
Now only hoping for peace and for grace.

She studies his eyes, once alert and alive
Now only glassy and closed most of the time.

She studies his jawline, once chiseled and strong
Now only hangs low, Lord this is so wrong

She studies his hands, once callused and rough
Now only thin and soft to the touch

She studies his movements once precise with his saw
Now only erratic... Sheri feels raw.

Sometimes Sheri sits and studies Bob's face
Now only hoping for peace and for grace.