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, April 18, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

"Al" is sure they have dissolved the choir, because they did not sing at the annual Spaghetti Dinner last night at work (Code for Adult Day Center)
Poor Bob always worried about his place in the choir, but he feels like he belongs and has a purpose and that is what is important.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is in that place again. The one that comes on with out warning. The one where her heart is in her throat at all times. Usually it means she needs a few hours to herself to breathe and think. She hates when she is in this place, it is suffocating. She thinks it came to the surface yesterday when her new boss asked her when she was taking her vacation. Vacation? Vacation is bonus sick time in the Alzheimer world. You never know when the bottom is going to drop out so you save every available moment of paid time off to ensure you have a job to come back to, it is the nature of the beast.
Sheri hates this disease.
Matthew 11:28
 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 
29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

When Sheri picked Bob up from "work" (code for Adult Day Center) yesterday,"Al" told Sheri he was "very busy today. He had to review all the forms submitted to check for errors."
Well, Sheri thought to herself, it was tax day... something new for the resume?  :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri accidentally left the electric shaver in the bathroom again. Round four of  " Bob verses electric shaver."  "Al" won. Sheri found the shaver in about 12 pieces tucked in the q-tips box. This is getting expensive.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is very thankful for Daughter Number 1 (the one who wears her heart on her sleeve). She came over yesterday and helped Sheri start getting the garden and fountain ready for the summer.  Bob and "Al" even helped. Sheri managed to finally snap a shot of Bob helping clean off the fountain, it was hard to catch because "Al" (over achiever that he is) was busy washing the wheel barrel :)


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri was feeling under the weather this weekend, but being a caregiver gives you little time to think of yourself. Bob was going stir crazy about "the plan" so Sheri loaded up the car and set out to take pictures. Of course every where they went "Al" shared tales of how he had been there before and had walked every street,but because she wasn't feeling great they spent most of the time riding in the car, which always seems to keep Bob and "Al" happy and content. She did manage to snap some shots though... which made Sheri happy and content as well. :)


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri thinks it might be time to give up doing all the yard work by herself, especially since keeping up with "Al" while she is doing it is getting impossible. Anyway she would much rather be out with her camera capturing the beauty of nature, rather than grooming it :)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

When Sheri and Bob walked in the door last night after work, "Al" turned to Sheri with his thumb in his belt loop stretching out Bob's back in his usual way and almost without recognition of Sheri said "where might the nearest bathroom be located?"
Such a strange disease.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob told Sheri he "got no cooperation at work" (code for Adult Day Center) yesterday. "Al" said "all they wanted to do was to sit around and do nothing" "Al" thinks they all better start looking for a new job, if he has anything to say about it :)
Heavy sigh... once a workaholic always a workaholic :)