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 "Al" represents the way that Alzheimer's is invading our daily lives.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Living with "Al" and Bob

The challenges of additional medical issues with someone that Alzheimer's are great. "Al" does not remember to not bend over to pick something up off the ground because his pain to brain signal no longer connects. So trying to avoid further injury and pain is almost impossible. :(  
Sheri hates this disease.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Living with "Al" and Bob

Sheri video was very helpful. Turned out to be a late evening as they wound up getting an MRI right away. Now waiting for an appointment with the back specialist. Bob's back history is long and complicated, and even more complicated with "Al". "Al"couldn't lift his legs twice yesterday and for once it actually happened at the doctors. The problem is, even the doctor is not sure if it is mental or physical. What a strange disease.
Sheri is going to Pause, Praise and Pray.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Living with "Al" and Bob

Bob's back has been really bad. He has been jerking forward in pain. So off to the doctor they will go. With Sheri's luck "Al" will tell the doctor his back has been fine and they will get absolutely nowhere with treatment... and this would not be the first time. But Sheri has a plan this morning, she is going to video tape what he goes through with the pain this morning and take it with her this afternoon."Al" will not win this time. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!
PS. So there you go Bob that is the plan :)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Living with "Al" and Bob

Bob was feeling better yesterday, however Sheri was not. So in order to keep "them" engaged Sheri brought out one of the 36 piece Alzheimer puzzles again, knowing he can not complete them. Things were going fairly well, Bob finding a piece or two here and there. But then "Al" starting asking for an exacto knife to trim the pieces down and began roaming the house looking for one. She did not have the energy to distract him, so she compromised...  "Al" scotched tape the puzzle together.
Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do :)


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Living with "Al" and Bob

Bob and "Al" were kind enough to share their "under the weatherness" (is that a word? lol) with Sheri. It is going to be a long weekend. :(

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Living with "Al" and Bob

Sometimes,when Sheri thinks back to all the odd behaviors that were probably signs that something was wrong, Sheri gets mad at herself for not paying closer attention. She knows it is not her fault or Bob's for that matter... but she still thinks about it and wonders how to educate younger people about the disease.When Sheri was 45 this disease never crossed her mind.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Living with "Al" and Bob

Bob has always had a very high pain tolerance but his back has been extremely bad lately. Sheri hates to see him in so much pain, especially because "Al" does not deal with the pain well and becomes even more confused and distressed than usual (if that is even possible) :(