Emergency room visit part 7:
Sheri worked on distracting "Al" because his eyes were still fixed on the heart attack sign. The doctor popped his head in and told them the ex-ray was clear of blockage Bob did not appear to have any broken ribs from the Heimlich maneuver which was good. The doctor disappeared behind the curtain. A few minutes later the nurse appeared, and very quickly pushed the curtain way back making that pushing high screech noise. At the same time she was pushing the curtain back she began talking to Bob very quickly, rattling off instructions and explaining they were going to have him eat and drink something to make sure the swallowing would go smoothly, since choking was the reason he was here ending with a list of drink choices for Bob to choose from. "Al" sat staring with a confused smile on his face, but said nothing. Sheri said I am sorry that was way to fast..... Sheri said " Bob, she going to get you some apple juice." To which"Al" replied great!"
Sheri can't help but think about all the dementia patients that have no one to come to their side while in the hospital.
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.