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.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is so excited she found something very important to her, one of the last things Bob made for her. She thought she lost it in the move, when she lost her home to what Sheri likes to call "Alzheimer's foreclosure" here is the post from her blog when Bob had made the gift from 2010.

In Sheri's endless pursuit to find a hobby or something that Bob and "Al" can occupy their time with during the day , Sheri thought that whittling might be a good idea, after all "they" love to build things and work with wood. So Sheri got some wood and some whittling knives feeling confident that this would work she even got a beginner book for them. She eagerly gave Bob and "Al"  the book and the 4 by 6 inch block of wood with all the assorted items. She was so excited, this would be something they would enjoy, and would provide hours if not days of creative joy. So they looked at the book together "Oh", Bob said.... "okay I will try the ladybug" "They" knew Sheri liked ladybugs. Sheri left for work knowing that they had a project that would take several days to complete. Sheri came home from work for lunch that afternoon... Bob and Al had a big smile on their face"Well I figured it out, it is finished" Bob said with confidence. Sheri said "what is finished?" "The ladybug" they said. Sheri was shocked,"really?" she said. "Yes " they said "Why would any one make a ladybug with such a little knife?" "I just took the belt sander and zip...It is a little flat but at least it's done."
 Okay,... so maybe whittling isn't their thing.....
  Back to the drawing board..... :)

Sheri found it in a box in the garage, complete with it's push pin legs, it made her heart smile 1/2015


Friday, January 30, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri was recently contacted by a woman working with the Cure Alzheimer's Fund . She asked me to share the link to the new song "Remember Me" (an Anthem for Alzheimer's). This is a beautiful tribute to all the "Al's" in the world, worth watching and sharing.
           Song "Remember Me" by Chris Mann

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

When Sheri dropped Bob off at work (code for Adult Day Center)  yesterday, she told Bob to have a good day and not to work to hard. Bob got out of the car, and then "Al", (first stretching out Bob's back in his usual way), poked his head back in the car door and said "well, maybe I'd better....just to get it done."  :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Most days Sheri feels like her head is above water, even if only barely above water. She woke up today with an intense feeling of being lost in her life. Then she thought of how Bob must feel lost in the life of "Al".
Sheri hates this disease.

Luke 19:10 
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.” 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri REALLY needs to take down the few remaining Christmas decorations scattered about. "Al" keeps asking who is coming over for Christmas Eve :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is sure Bob's watch (that "Al" can no longer read) is some where in this tiny house she rented.  "Al" is frustrated as well because without it, he can't display his new fashion trend of putting Bob's watch on over his sleeve cuff. :)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

It was not quite as frozen in the frozen tundra as January usually is yesterday, so Sheri followed her own advice and filled the car with Bob,"Al" and her camera and headed to the Minnesota Zoo.  It was clearly what the doctor would have ordered, and with the exception of having to ask a kind stranger to retrieve "Al" from the men's restroom,( he could not find his way out) all went rather well  :)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri has realized she might be running in overdrive again. She has learned to recognize the symptoms. The depression sneaks up and tears start to flow. She thinks it might be time for a camera day. Taking pictures nurtures happiness for Sheri. Simple pleasures. she likes to call it. What nurtures happiness for you?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob was apparently "extremely" busy at work (code for Adult Day Center) yesterday. "Al" reviewed all the personnel files and looked at what department they all worked in. He said he "tried to decide if he could move them around a bit, but you know that doesn't always work out because some of them can only do one job ." Sheri enjoyed the short conversation, even though that is the only thing Bob said the rest of the evening. Oh wait... he did mention fixing the boiler yesterday too. :)