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.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is facing new challenges everyday, both on a personal level coping with the changes in Bob and the behavioral issues with "Al". She is trying hard to get outside herself, to care about others and their challenges because she looks around and sees a world of pain, this is just her journey and we all have one.
Sheri is going to continue to pause , praise and pray. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Living with Bob and "Al"

With all do respect for the caregivers working in facilities, Sheri thanks you from the bottom of her heart, she know this is not your fault, and many of you have a deep love for caring for our loved ones. She is learning however,  that "Memory care" can be a loose term. Sheri needs to think about solutions and help advocate for better staffing, better pay and better dementia training for caregivers, along with better communication to families. It takes a village to care for an Alzheimer victim. Sheri needs to pause, praise and pray.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Christmas was not without challenges. Bob struggles with the most basic tasks. Trying to get "Al" to turn his legs so they were under the table to eat, reminded Sheri of the "how many people does it take to screw in a light bulb"  jokes. It took 3 of them working together to  accomplish this task... and that is not include Bob and "Al".
Heavy sigh... :)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

After much thought and prayer, Sheri fulfilled daughter number 2's wish to have her Dad at her new home where the player piano found its new home. So as a family we made it happen. the tears at the end make the effort worth it. It is not the voices that are important it is what is in the heart. God is good.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is trying hard to redefine "self". But who is she? So many years of care-giving has left the pieces of "her life puzzle " scattered around on the floor. Sheri hates this disease.
Old photo of "Al" asking the cat to help with Bob's puzzle

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Thoughts inside Bob's head

Talk to me now
For my moment is now.
My minute is gone
It was a moment to long.

 My eye's search your face
for a familiar place
It is a place I'm sure I've been
Over and over again.

I can't find my way
So I need you to stay
Right here beside me
so my shadow can see.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri had Bronchitis for almost 2 weeks, and had been unable to visit "the boys". She managed to get out there for a meeting yesterday. Bob has these sores that "Al" keeps picking at. They have tried keeping them covered but to no avail. While she was there she tried to convince Bob to stop picking at the sores. "Al' looked at Sheri and said " well no this works fine they just pop right out of the ground."
Heavy sigh....

Tuesday, December 12, 2017