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.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is trying to remember that Bob is going continue decline, regardless of where he is. "Al" is obsessively picking at his skin causing much damage. The nurse called yesterday for permission to purchase Gerri sleeves (that insurance won't cover) to see if that will help. Sheri's frustration is that his hands need to be kept busy all the time. She knows it is unrealistic to think they can do for him what She was doing for him... but none the less as a problem solver it feels like failure.
Sheri promised to be honest... so there you have it.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

In Sheri's never ending attempt to keep Bob active and engaged, she found something that makes "the boys" happy. Simple pleasures Sheri simple pleasures. :)

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri has been trying to spend has much time as possible breathing the crisp fall air and worshiping God out in His creation of nature. The frozen tundra will be upon her soon, and she wants to breathe deeply to feel Gods forgiveness and grace through the eye of her camera.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Since placing "the boys" , 10 months ago, Sheri has finally been able to recognize the sheer exhaustion she has been experiencing for so many years. She is still going to bed extremely earlier (so early she would be embarrassed to say it out loud) but she is finally able to sleep more than an hour or two at a time with out waking up. Sheri is thankful she lives in a country that has this type of care available.
Baby steps...   

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is very proud of Daughters One and Two. They go weekly to see their Dad. They do a great job following up with Sheri on the things Sheri mentioned from her weekend visit. Beautiful, strong, empowered, spirit filled women. God is good.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri has been searching for a part of her herself she felt was lost. The part where the Holy Spirit holds her, leads her, comforts her and gives her the strength to be brave and courageous in the short life given to us. She knows the Holy Spirit was with her guiding the time she spent caring for Bob and "Al" but some how she forgot to follow the prompting to care for herself. Today is a new day by the grace of God.
Sheri will pause, praise and pray.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri looks at Bob and sees the man she married, fathered her children and spent 28 years of her life with. Then "Al" emerges and when he speaks... Bob disappears into the shadow of Alzheimer's.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri is trying to wrap her head around the tragedies of this world. Every where she turns fear and anxiety rage. But as Christians are we running away from those in need, finding safety amongst our own, or are we running with open arms to seek and save the lost. Sher needs to get off the pity train of Alzheimer's. Sheri needs to Pause, praise and pray.