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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

 Sheri is so thankful she recorded this conversation . Pardon the one upside down photo. This was several years ago now, he can not have these types of conversations now so very thankful for these memories. please click on the link below. I have added photos showing some of the progression of the diseases, and of course most of what he saying is not accurate... but in the end it is the love that comes through.  
Bob and "Al" Having a conversation with Sheri (his wife)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri's feelings about the holidays are stagnated this year. She does not want to think about old traditions or memories, and she does not want to participate in new ones. She knows this may not be the healthiest way of dealing with life, she is not looking for sympathy or ideas, she just knows that for many different reasons and for many different people, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do, and its okay.
Sheri is going to pause, praise and pray. (and she really needs some camera time :)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

If ever there were a season
that holds the emotions too near
it is the season of holly jolly
the season of Christmas cheer

Yet I am one among many
for whom the season is confettied with tears
the pain and the strife of everyday life
has left many deep wounds through the year

Yet we all have so much in common
we share pain, we share hope, and despair
We are in fact, "goin' through the motions"
It is just hidden in "Happy New Year".

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri had a light bulb go off in her head early this morning. She realized that she has a certain amount of guilt about wanting to enjoy even the tiniest part of life, without Bob by her side. Almost like she feels she has no right to do so, knowing that "Al" is not allowing Bob to do the same. She does not need to hear that Bob would want her to enjoy her life, she knows that, but feelings are just that... feelings.
Sheri promised she would be honest on this new part of her journey so there you have it.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri finally got in some much needed camera time. That singular focus through the camera lens on God's amazing creations is what allows her to focus on the Lord and get off of her self pity. She has been spending way to much time wallowing in her losses and not enough time in the present, caring for others,  and in the presence of the  Lord.
Sheri needs to pause, praise and pray.




Friday, November 24, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri had a blessed Thanksgiving. Daughters 1 and 2  played the guitar and sang for the "crowd".
Every one was blessed. Sheri tried to have Bob join in for Bless this House the one they always sang last at the player piano. "Al" did his best. Simple pleasures Sheri, simple pleasures.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Sheri, Daughter Number 1, Daughter Number Two, along with their husbands will have Thanksgiving with "The Boys" at Bob's new home. Everything is very different this year. If she were honest she would tell you she is having way more difficultly with the holidays than she expected but Sheri is going to choose to focus on being thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving to all1!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Living with Bob and "Al"

Psalm 122 6-7
I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins, I lie awake, I have become like a bird alone on a roof.

Sheri needs to pause praise and pray.