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, February 10, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri has been trying to live in the moment, but in doing so she forgot that all the dishes in the sink and the laundry can not move to the next moment ... without her :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

There are certain things that Bob says over and over during the day, but it is always the same thing. Other than "what is the plan?" He very rarely asks a question. Night before last out of a sound sleep (finally) Bob pops up (well, not quite pops up) on one elbow and says " Oh, are you awake too?" Sheri startled by an  impromptu question and tired of the many times Bob had already been up said "nope." To which "Al" replied " Okay thank you" and promptly went back to sleep.
Always a gentleman, a confused gentleman but a gentlemen.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri needed some time to get laundry and other chores done around the house so she gave Bob his beads and turned on his favorite singer Daniel O"Donnell. Part of the DVD apparently had a scratch in it and  the DVD got stuck. Dear confused "Al" acting on Bob's problem solving experience, reached down to his beads, and without looking up mumbled "maybe if I move these around a little bit it will come back on:)
Gotta love him~

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

"Al" has spent the last 45 minutes trying to get his watch correctly placed over his sleeve this morning. (and he is still at it as she writes this) Sheri feels terrible because she has not dressed Bob yet and she does not think she should take Bob to church in his pajamas. :)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

"Al" is storing up Cheezits again. Last night there were 2 bags in Bob's flannel shirt and loose ones that made it... well Sheri won't go there but some how the Cheezits did. :)
Heavy sigh.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

As "Al" struggles with simple basic life tasks, Sheri misses Bob the build anything, fix anything, man that built shelves from floor to ceiling to support all of Sheri's shall we say creativity. Bob never complained about her "creativity" obsession (code for to much craft stuff), so it is Sheri's turn to deal with Bob and "Al's" hand slapping, "Al's" version of "creativity obsession".  :)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

When Sheri dresses "Al" and helps him button his shirt, Bob will say "whoever thought of putting on these tiny buttons is sadistic". Sheri just agrees and nods, but she knows that is code for  "I have no idea why I can't button my own shirt."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Dear sweet Bob, "Al" has taken to stringing pony beads on anything Bob can find. Sheri always thought it would be fun to sell Bob's creations, and donate the money to Alzheimer research. We have "Bob's Birdhouses" and now we have "Bob's Beads" :)


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

The night before last "Al" did not sleep at all. Sheri was so tired and frustrated knowing she had to go to work exhausted she knew she better do something to improve her day. The weather man said it was foggy out at 6:45 am so she grabbed her camera for a just in case opportunity. She was crabby all the way to the Adult Day Center, and she could tell "Al" was reflecting back her mood. After dropping "them" off Sheri stopped at their favorite park which is right by Sheri's work. It was just  what she needed to clear her fog from her mind. ( well it helped till about 2 in the afternoon, then Mrs. crabby came back:) She knows she won't be able to continuing caring for Bob at home if she can not get any sleep, that situation will not help any one.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is sure God has plan for her life. She is trying to be less of a worrier. God's plan will happen whether she worries about it or not.        















Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Matthew 6:26