This blog is about life with my husband who was diagnosed with 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.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

In Sheri's never ending quest to keep Bob engaged in activities, several days ago Sheri had Bob screwing nuts on bolts ( for no particular reason). Sheri had thought she had given Bob equal amounts of each, but Bob kept insisting not. Well. when Sheri was cleaning up this week end she realized that apparently "Al" did not enjoy the project as much as Bob, because when Sheri moved Bob's coffee cup on his end table, hidden in the hole (from an old light pole) were the rest of the nuts. :)
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is thrilled Bob still enjoys music the way he does, but "Al" slaps his big hands against Bob's thighs so hard while listening to music, she is surprised Bob legs are not black and blue :)  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob and "Al" are sharing space
"Al's" confusion is showing on Bob's face.

"Al" is eating all the time,
Bob's pants are tight and he is not sure why.

"Al" goes to "work", and talks all day
Bob comes home and has nothing to say.

"Al" seems happy and living carefree
Bob is a stranger not often seen.

Together sharing life it's the best it can be
Sheri and Bob and "Al" makes three.

Friday, November 21, 2014

November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

You may think this stuff is to hard to read
It is depressing I know at best
 "it doesn't affect" me.."
so I"ll pretend, I'll pretend  it doesn't exist

But the very hardest part of this reality
Is that this could be anybody's "Bob"
Anybody's family

It just might be your Grandpa
or Mr. Green jeans right next door
it could be your doctor
or the cashier at the store

It could be your Grandma
or the one that does your hair
It could be sister
Would that make you care?

Learn the warning signs
that signal, that all may not be right
So the shadows will not overtake
your "Bob's" shining light.

Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

"Al" sat and watched the news of all the snow that fell with more coming,  not understanding it was in New York.  Bob, the planner that he is turned to Sheri with a sincere question in his voice said
 " maybe I should go outside and lay all the tarps on the ground?"   :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob apparently had a busy day at "work" (code for Adult Day Center) has he explained he spent the day "getting all the product out".Sheri is not quite sure what he would have done with the "product" but it sounds like it kept him busy :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Thoughts inside Bob's head

Talk to me now
For my moment is now.
My minute is gone
It was a moment to long.

 My eye's search your face
for a familiar place
It is a place I'm sure I've been
Over and over again.

I can't find my way
So I need you to stay
Right here beside me
so my shadow can see.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

It feels like January in the frozen tundra right now, which made for a very long weekend. Sheri had Bob screwing nuts onto bolts for lack of much else to do. When she tried to switch activities thinking he might be bored "Al" said "No, can't...gotta get this finished."
Once a work alcoholic, always a work alcoholic  :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri and Bob were watching a random piano player on TV. "Al" watching with joy on his face, declared "When I was there she invited me down to play the piano with her!"  :)
(P.S. Bob does not play the piano, but simple pleasures are all that matters :)