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, August 24, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob found a new way to make music, and he was quite proud of himself. "Al" took the nut and ran it up and down the ridges on the bolt creating another sound to add to Bob's whistling, slapping, tapping and clapping. Bob and "Al" could be a one man band (wait... would that be a two man band? LOL :)
Gotta love him... and find some earplugs :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

When Bob and "Al" had their scotch tape fest, "Al" also managed to tape down puzzle pieces directly on to the tray Sheri puts on his lap. The next morning, as Bob was attempting to work on the puzzle he got upset and said "Someone stuck these down on here! What a mess."
Heavy sigh.... :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

In Sheri's never ending quest to keep Bob active in engaged, Sheri gave Bob (if you remember from last weeks activities) some scotch tape for his large 12 piece Alzheimer puzzle, (in lieu of a knife to trim the pieces to fit). Well Sheri had lots of chores in the house yesterday and she guesses she may have left "the Boys" alone with the scotch tape...just a little too long.

On the bright side, "Al" has a creative side Bob never showed and the bonus is "they" taped them to the inside of the puzzle box, with of course a touch of design flare with the pink paper placement taken from "work" taped down first as the back round :)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

"Al" was commenting on how hard "he" had been working on all the road construction, and how frustrated Bob was with the other workers. Sheri decided to just go with the flow and said " Oh, so you have been helping them with the roads?" "Al" replied "A.... NO...THEY have been helping ME."
Once a boss always a boss :)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri asked Daughter Number One to pick up Bob from work (code for Adult Day Center) yesterday. She decided to take him to out to dinner. When Bob asked Daughter Number One where they were going, she replied "to dinner at Perkins." "Al" with a bit of distress in his voice replied " I hope my wife won't mind."
Well, he knew he had a wife :)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri does not say it enough, how much she appreciates the readers of this journey she is on. When readers share how her journey, is helping them with their journey, it makes Sheri's heart happy. She did not know, when she started this blog so many years ago, the many blessing that she would receive in return. Thank you. God is good.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

The Alzheimer brain produces such disconnections. Bob had his trivia sheet from "work (code for Adult Day Center) out on his lap, with his puzzle pieces AND his nuts and bolts. Bob was trying to read the triva sheet and then digging through his puzzle pieces and nuts and bolts "Al" said (in all sincerity) "well I don't see the silver lining here anywhere" :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is happy Bob can still enjoy his music, and that he has the coordination to keep time to the music. There is however a teensy weensy part of Sheri that wishes "Al" did not need to "enjoy" it all day every day, as you can see in the video it can get pretty intense :)
Simple Pleasures Sheri, simple pleasures

Psalm 47:1

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob the polite man that he is, was looking for a hankie to blow his nose which Sheri located for him. (The blow turned out to be, well she shall say, one of those big, manly blows lol), and while the blow was under way Sheri simultaneously started sneezing. Sheri had to chuckle to herself, because as Sheri was sneezing , dear sweet "Al" offered up the use of the hankie Bob just used, Sheri just smiled sweetly and said " oh thanks but I have my own".
Such a gentleman :)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri finally gave up and gave Bob and "Al" some scotch tape for his large 12 piece Alzheimer puzzle. Well, it was really for  "Al" preservation, because Bob wanted to find a knife to trim the pieces to fit. :)