Sheri is enjoying her new apartment home. Although much the same size has her little house she had rented for the last 5 years, after losing their family home to what she calls Alzheimer's foreclosure, the apartment has more of an open floor plan making it feel bigger. Sheri is realizing through the down sizing process, that there is something very freeing in not being tied to her stuff. Her clutter bug nature, seems to have been replaced with appreciation for a calm breathable space, something she really has never experienced. There is something comforting in knowing all her possessions are within these 4 walls. Now she just needs Bob and "Al" to figure out which is the head of the bed. :)
Store up your treasures in heaven and not on earth.
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.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
"Al" asked Sheri to help him with Bob's nuts and bolts yesterday , he wanted to paint them purple because that is Iris's favorite color. Iris is Bob's oldest sister who passed away many years ago. Bob has called Sheri Iris many times, so it is nice to know they have something in common lol.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
"Al" has been having some significant sundowning now starting at about 3:00pm or so. Bob is not happy about the "unprofessional organization " at his "work" ( code for Adult Day Center) and "Al" has decided he no longer wants to be employed there. He is also not happy about the unprofessional staff at home either lol, Sheri needs a new plan :( eek.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Sheri supposes it doesn't really matter if "Al" chooses to lay upside down in a the bed, but she doesn't think leaving Bobs head hanging off the edge of the foot board is a good idea. :(
Friday, September 23, 2016
Sheri has ressorted to leaving the bathroom light on all night for Bob, but "Al" still can't find it. She had hoped that the bathroom being 4 steps from the bed .... Would help :(
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Bob is not too keen on riding the Metro Mobility bus home from "work" code for Adult Day Center. Sheri can see the change in routine has "Al" on edge . Sheri is struggling slightly with the lack of dependability of arrival and departure times of the buses as well. She hopes it will get better.
Sheri just needs to pause, praise and pray.
Sheri just needs to pause, praise and pray.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sheri thinks Bob is adjusting pretty well to the new place. Sheri senses that "Al" believes he is at "work" ( code for Adult Day Center) even when he is home, but that is ok. Sheri just has to roll with the flow, but she does occasionally wish she a time clock to punch out on :)
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Sheri is sharing a conversation she had with "Al" yesterday. This dear sweet man was trying very hard. Although this brought her to tears, God also showed her that although "Al" does not recognize Sheri, Bob in his heart, knows she exists. You will need to turn your speakers way up loud because it is hard to hear. It about 4 minutes long, it was just audio so she added some pictures from her blog from over the years, please listen until the end. This is why this is one of the worst diseases there is, but there are blessings in here as well. September is Alzheimer's Awareness month, please, please help raise awareness.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Sheri will miss her garden and feeding the birds, but she really thinks this is the best place she has lived. Her tiny house was very dark and for Sheri, that was depressing. She chose carefully when she picked an apartment at the community she manages, in fact she changed apartments several times in her mind before she chose this one, anticipating that she may be here for along time. The patio window faces east for morning sun, and the living room windows face west for evening sun. Then because it has windows on both sides of the apartment the light is amazing, along with the ability to get cross ventilation. Sheri is actually excited about being here. She is also quite amazed that she has actually downsized enough to fit in this space, it feels good to know that everything she owns are only the things that are most important to her, and that they are within these four walls. God is good, all the time.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.