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.
Sheri received an early morning call from the triage nurse at Bob's new work location, and of course she panicked. The nurse quickly reassured her that it was not an emergency but they had found "Al" on the floor in the hallway... coloring. They were not sure how he got there if he had fallen or not but they checked him out and his vitals were fine. Sheri was relieved and kind of chuckled to herself imagining 6'4 Bob on the floor coloring. Since "Al" has been coloring all over the place Sheri could not really think of anything else to ask other than "Well...was he at least using a coloring book?" The nurse chuckle back "Yes, he was using the coloring book." :)
Sheri has realized how much more centered Bob and "Al" are since the initial issues from placement, and living at home. She thinks the constantly changing environment was hindering his focus. His speech is a little clearer and although he is still a busy "employee" she can tell the staff loves what they do and they truly care about the residents. God is good.
Sheri is still under the weather and now poor Sir Cooper has pneumonia. We are one sorry group lol, but Sheri is realizing how grateful she is that someone else is caring for "the boys". In fact this is the first time she has not needed to tend to "them " while she is sick as well. A big thank you to Bob and "Al's" new employer :)
While Sheri was visiting "the boys" yesterday, "Al" was venting his frustration about fellow employees not doing their job. Bob pointed to the employee (an older female resident) in a recliner and "Al" said with disgust in Bob's voice, "sleeping on the job should just not be tolerated."
Once a workaholic... always a workaholic. :)
Sheri is feeling a bit under the weather. There is so much sickness going around it is hard not to catch something, but that also means she needs to limit her exposure to Bob and "Al". Those closed up spaces are hard to keep the happiness in...while keeping the germs out. :(
If Sheri were honest she would tell you she is having trouble figuring out this emotional onion she is peeling, and she finds herself relying on her old habit of ignoring her feelings and pretending everything is fine. Old habits are hard to break, and maybe auto pilot is okay. She knows God has a plan for her life. Sheri needs to pause, praise and pray.