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, June 9, 2014
Living with Bob and "Al"
Sheri has to work hard to keep her frustration with Bob in check, particularly as it relates to the yard work. Sheri loves having her garden in this tiny house she rented. The house may be tiny but the yard is a fairly good size. Bob has not been able to mow the lawn in several years, mostly because of his cognitive issues.The trick is finding something he can do within viewing range that does not require to much bending because of his back problems, but is safe because of the cognitive problems and still makes him feel useful, while Sheri mows the lawn. The latest plan is the leaf blower. Sheri attached a shoulder strap to it so he is not carrying the weight of the blower. She has to get the extension cord and get him all set, plug him in and show him what to do. Now, "Al" only blows where she told him to for 3 or 4 minutes, then he wanders off in the yard ... just blowing nothing, but it makes him feel useful and Sheri can get the lawn mowed in a reasonable amount of time, stopping long enough to corral "Al" when he wanders towards the street or into the neighbors yard. This Alzheimer thing is a creative process :)