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.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Living with Bob and Al

Sheri has had such of mix of emotions this week
Sheri has been calling the nursing home several times a day and visiting Bob daily after work
Bob and "Al" were very confused at the beginning, packing up several times the first day and night
Wanting Sheri to come and get him, a very, very, painful thing to hear.
The first day that Sheri went back to see him he had tied all of his clothes together
in a knot in one big pile and has his coat on ready to go... Sheri had to fight back the tears.
She sat down and explained that he was only there for a couple weeks while they
did physical therapy on his back, his responds was the familiar "Oh, I didn't know that,
no one told me the plan"
So the next day, Sheri brought a binder the kind Bob is familiar with from his working days
In it Sheri put "The Plan". She typed it out Bob you are at are here for a short while
4-6 weeks while they try to help you back, then you will come home.
She made a list of his favorite TV shows and things to do if he gets bored.
She added some photos of herself and daughter number one and daughter number 2.
This seemed to help.
Because the nurses said he tried to "escape" the first night they have some alarms on
him and his cane. And "they" are on what the social worker called a 15 minute watch, when Sheri is not there.Which means some one has to physically see him every 15 minutes.
Bob told Sheri yesterday "They must really like me here, I cant believe it, they don't know me from Adam
but they come in and talk to me ... it must be 3 or 4 times an hour! I can't believe how friendly they are"
Well, at least Sheri knows they are doing their job and she had a chuckle even the face of great pain.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Sheri... I love how popular Bob and Al are at the facility!

    I found one for my mom today. It is perfect for her and only 6 minutes drive from where we live.

    Stay strong my friend!