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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Daughters One and Two went to see "the boys" yesterday. They were excited to see that their Dad was wearing one of the shirts they gave him for Father's Day. The girls complemented him on his new shirt and "Al" responded "Yeah..... cheap o" For a minute the girls were hurt thinking that he meant the shirt was of cheap quality, but the "cheap o " was  followed by  "Al" (with a big smile on his face)  saying "Yeah I asked around if belonged to anyone and they said no I could have it"  :)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

When Sheri was visiting "the boys" this weekend, Bob carefully pointed out which of his employees were the best workers. Then "Al" pointed to a dear man confined to a wheel chair and said "Him... not so much."
God bless them all.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri went to see "the boys" yesterday. She was happy to see that fashionista "Al"  was back with a new fashion style in layering Bob's shirts.
Gotta love him.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is sad to say things are not going well with Sir Cooper. Without going into great detail, the Vet says he is just not thriving. The vet started him on steroids yesterday and his is on 2 other meds as well. The Vet is feeling like this may be a congenital disorder of some type. Continued prayers appreciated.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is amazed that Bob has acclimated so well to his new home.  He is more stable now then he was with Sheri. Sheri is pleased with that and thankful for the relief of the stress of caring for "them". But there is still a tangled web of feelings with the entire situation, she knows it will take time and it is what it is, but she is still trying to share this journey as honestly as she can. So there you have it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Daughters one and two went to see "the boys" for Fathers Day. Bob told the girls he was sorry he had not kept in touch. :(
Sheri believes "Al" thought the girls were Bob's sisters.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri trying not to just sit around the apartment after work. She has been struggling with feeling like she can't start anything, like she thinks Bob and "Al" are still home with her and she has to be prepared and on guard all the time. She knows all of this may sound bizarre to anyone who has not dealt with this wretched disease, but her mind has been preoccupied for so long with keeping Bob safe and "Al" occupied...she just hasn't quite moved past it yet. So Sheri has been at least trying to do some photography even just indoor stuff when she is too tired from work to do much else. It does bring her joy.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Fathers Day

If Sheri listens quietly
There just may be a chance
She will hear the sound of yesterday
In the pictures from the past

You know that precious picture
of the girls on Halloween
taken at the hardware store
" Candy Daddy please.."

The one where Bob is smiling
His Princesses, his delight
Sheri can hear his deep voice
saying "Ask your Mom if it's alright

The sounds those pictures hold
If she listens carefully
Are the sounds of Bob, she'll hold on to
When Bob's shadow is to dark to see...