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.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri had a great weekend, well except for Saturday morning. Sheri was glad Daughter number two was home from college. Bob was still sleeping 10:30 in the morning, so Sheri and daughter number two thought they would try and trim the baby kitty's nails. As Sheri was trying to open the plastic packaging on the new cat clippers, the scissors Sheri was using slipped and literally sheared off the side of the tip of Sheri's right thumb at an angle like the forward slash on the keyboard (sorry probably not  a pleasant visual). As Sheri rushed to try to stop the bleeding she yelled for help form Daughter Number Two, who after she realized Sheri was serious, came to help. Well of course she needed medical attention and they both suddenly realized that Bob and "Al" were still sleeping, hence they did not have the 1 1/2 time frame ritual to get Bob to the point he can walk in the morning, so they needed a different plan. Daughter number two called Daughter number 1 who works 10 minutes away, to come stay with Bob and "Al" while Daughter number two took Sheri to Urgent Care. They spent the next 2 hours there while the doctor tended to Sheri's now angled thumb top... Nothing to stitch back on (all though they had brought the piece that was on the scissors, very gross). Anyway they returned home 2 1/2 hours later and Bob and "Al" were still sleeping. All that excitement and Bob and "Al" never even woke up, and when "they" did... they did not even notice the big thumb wrapping. It of course could have been much worse, but it does remind Sheri that being an Alzheimer spouse means you always have to have a plan. Sheri was grateful her daughters were so close and able to help out, and that my friends... was Sheri's Mothers Day weekend!

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