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.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri does not understand what causes Bob to get so dizzy and kind of melt to the ground, with some jerking thrown in, in the middle of the night. it happens at least once a week now and "Al" does not like it one bit, and needless to say, Sheri is none to excited about it either.
:(

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

"Al's" pockets brought Sheri quite a haul from "work" (code for Adult Day Center) yesterday. Sheri better be careful she may start getting billed for Bob's "work supplies."  :)


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri almost lost "Al" at the store the other day. Sheri has always tried to let Bob do as much as he can for himself so when they pulled into the parking lot,  as usual Sheri unbuckled Bob seat belt and asked him to get out while Sheri got out on her side of the car. Well Sheri dropped her keys on the ground and in the few split seconds it took her to find them and pick them up, "Al" had followed shall we say some other "pleasantly plump" lady with brown hair across the short street headed into the store. EEK! Sheri thinks she will leave the seat belt on "Al" until she gets around to the other door from now on. :(

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri knows God has a plan for her life. For many years she has hoped this was not it. Recently she changed her thought process from "please let this not be the plan", to realizing that "this may very well be the plan..." and it is okay.
1Samuel 3:7-11
10: ...speak Lord, for your servant is listening.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

"Al" has taken to walking with Bob's head down, carefully assessing Bob's next step, everywhere they go. It can make for a very, very long day. :)

 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Although Bob was a "build anything fix anything kind of guy", "Al" does not like to get his hands dirty. Sheri gave Bob a birdhouse to paint, but "Al" was upset when he got paint on his hands. Sheri took Bob into the bathroom and said he could wash his hands in the sink, and went to answer her cell phone. She took her phone with her and went back to help. When she returned to the bathroom she found Bob leaning over the toilet with his hands wet hovering over the water, "Al" turned to her and said "I just wash them off in here right?"
Alzheimer's is so much more than memory loss.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob and "Al" are obsessed with choir at "work" (code for Adult Day Center). So Sheri knows it will be a long weekend when Bob, still laying in bed, puts his "work" name tag on his PJ's , and slips his pencil in his pocket at 5:30 in the morning. :)
Calgon take me away.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

In Sheri's never ending quest to keep Bob active and engaged, (and because She took the pipe cleaners away) She went out in pursuit of something new. Sheri tries hard to keep in mind things Bob was familiar with in his work careers. Since he managed a hardware store in his last career she tends to focus on things of that nature.  She was pretty sure Bob no longer recognizes child things, so she tried something that she found out a Teachers store called Lakeshore Learning  and found this totally enclosed board with paint cans, that with a magnetic wand to pull the paint balls in the cans. Sheri was a still a little concerned that Bob would see it has a child's toy, but her fears were set to rest quickly when "Al" said "this is great,  there is a cover on this so none of the paint will spill out."  :)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is going to have to take Bob's pipe cleaners away. "Al" has become obsessed with trying to strip the fuzzies  of the pipe cleaners off ...with Bob's teeth to expose the wire. :(
Once a hardware guy , always a hardware guy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016