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.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri loves fall, it is her favorite time of year. But it is a double edge sword, because after fall comes what Sheri refers to as the "frozen tundra", which brings more isolation and fears of Bob and "Al" falling. She needs to put on her thinking cap and come up with some new activities to keep them engaged and some what active. She also needs to just take one day at a time. :)
Heavy sigh...

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob presented Sheri with pencils with fake flowers taped to the top  that he took from work (code for Adult Day Center) again. As he pulled the rumpled flower pencils out of his pocket and handed them to Sheri, "Al" said "do you think these will come back to life?"
Dear sweet man:)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sometimes in this Alzheimer world she lives in, Sheri finds it hard to have a grateful heart. Yesterday she woke up with the  "why me attitude" that she hates to admit creeps in to her mind from time to time. So Sheri threw her camera in the car and after dropping Bob off at "work" (code for Adult Day Center) stopped at her favorite park before she went to work.  For Sheri, just a few minutes in cool fresh air breathing in God's glory is enough to change the whole tone of her day.  :)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob was never fond of Sheri's cats, he was definitely a dog person. "Al" however, is delighted when the cat lays on his chest in bed at night and will tell Sheri over and over (and over and over) to look and see who likes him now   :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

When Sheri picked Bob up from work (code for Adult Day Center) yesterday, she escorted Bob to the car door as she usually does. As she shut the car door behind him she said  "We need to put your seat belt on" and Sheri proceeded to her side of the car. She got in the car and looked over to see if Bob had put his seat belt on. Bob must have  had a rough day at work because instead of putting on the seat belt, "Al" was in the process of removing Bob's belt from his pants.  :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob is sure one of the guys at "work" (code for Adult Day Center) has stolen his "projectile" magnet thingy. This time Sheri is going to let "Bob" think whatever he wants because that thing became "Al's" weapon of choice.  :)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

We clutter our minds and lives with lots of things, but the only "things" that truly matter, are the friends and family we have around us ... and those who are not.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri, Daughter Number 2 (the one who shields her heart with her sleeve) and her husband completed the 3 mile Twin Cities Walk to END Alzheimer's yesterday. Most of the time Sheri feels very alone on this journey, it was wonderful to see that she is not. God is Good.

Sheri, Son-inlaw, Daughter number 2

The crowd of over 10,000

Bob and "Al's Day Care providers "Open Circle" sign

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Today is the "Walk to End Alzheimer's"! Sheri was able to raise $640.00 and is very thankful for all her friends that donated. Prays for today's walk are always welcome.  :)
Sheri's Donation page "The Walk to End Alzheimer's"

Friday, September 25, 2015

Living with Bob and "Al"

Bob does not question why "Al" can't find the bathroom in this tiny house she rented. He doesn't question why he does not know the difference between toothpaste and the Brylceem Bob uses on his hair. Bob needs someone to lead him through his day and Sheri is slowly realizing it does not necessarily need to be her.