Our very first RV adventure blogging post!

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As of September, 2016 we have finally visited all of the 48 connected states in the US!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blog below was the first blog that started documenting our travels and the experiences we’ve had.  A lot has happened since this first blog.  We were such newbies in the RV world and over the past 5 years have gained so much experience not only with RV life but in our own lives.  God has been so good to us leading us through this journey.  Hope you will read through the various posts to learn about RV life and about the silly couple that are the Chauvins!


August, 2012 – Hello world! Welcome to my first blog about Roy, Rosalyn, Dora and Boots’ adventures exploring the United States. We won’t start exploring for a while, other than an occasional trip to locations around Louisiana and a Christmas trip to Disneyworld! At least, not until our sticks and bricks house is sold! Please someone buy it!

This lovely 2 story Acadian style home on one acre is for sale!!!
This lovely 2 story Acadian style home on one acre is for sale!!!

If you’re wondering who Dora and Boots are, no they’re not our new grandchildren! They are TV characters our granddaughter Madisyn loves and consequently we’ve seen many episodes of Dora. In her show, Dora is an explorer and we learn all sorts of things through her exploring. Since our RV adventures will take us exploring throughout the United States, we thought it fitting to name our RV “Dora”. Our truck we are towing behind the RV is now named Boots, Dora’s trusty side kick who follows her everywhere! Our Dodge Dakota truck that we will tow is called our “toad”, in RV lingo. That means Boots is our toad!

I am married to my best friend, Roy Chauvin! Roy and I are a regular every day Southern Baptist Christian couple living in Hammond, Louisiana. I am a young 58 years old, born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana. Roy is a slightly older 63 year old who just turned the Social Security retirement age in January, 2013 and was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana right outside of New Orleans. We met in 1971 and were married in 1972. Our first son Chad was born in 1979 followed by his brother Chip in 1981. They are both grown men now with wives and children of their own. All that’s a story for another day but we wanted you to know a little about the folks going on this journey. We moved to Hammond, Louisiana 25+ years ago and have lived here since. It’s a small college town between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. We both currently work at Southeastern Louisiana University. Roy is the Computer Fix It Guru (of course not his official title) and I am the Telephone Billing/Work Order Coordinator which is my official title. We are die-hard New Orleans Saints fans. We’ve loved them since they became a team in our teen age years and have supported them faithfully ever since.

Our adventure began back in August of 2012. I started keeping notes as we began the journey, making the decision to undertake this total lifestyle change. Instead of a daily blog, at first it will be a monthly blog for the months August, September, October, November and December 2012. From here on out I’ll post as I have the opportunity to or when enough experiences have occurred to be interesting.

We hope anyone considering the full time RV lifestyle will learn a little from our experiences as we have learned so much from others experiences. Ask us questions if you want, if we’ve experienced it we’ll let you know what happened with us! If you’re experienced full timing RVers and you see we’re making mistakes please, please shout out to us and share your sage advice with us newbies! We’ve been so happy since we made this decision that we are hoping some of our family and friends will get the itch and come join Roy, Rosalyn, Dora and Boots on our great adventure!

The blogs below are in newest blog first order. If you’d like to read about our experiences in order start at the last one in the list from August and read up to the current date. You may have to click on OLDER POSTS to get to the August one. Please click the FOLLOW link on the right if you’d like to receive an email whenever a new blog is posted!

04.16.18 A Quiet Thought, by Rev. Bob Adams

A quiet thought for this Sunday, April 15th.

The kingdom of heaven (Jesus’ rule in the hearts of His people) is like the rose growing in the corner of my lawn. It should not be alive, much less producing a beautiful flower. Transplanted three times by a person who didn’t know what he was doing (me), it was left abandoned in its last location, never fed, rarely pruned, and never dusted to keep away destructive insects. The fatal blow came last year when I inadvertently cut it down, severed it at the roots, with my riding mower.

I was certain I had seen the last of the rose. Now, more than a year later the rose has stood up from its emaciating death and is giving life to magnificent roses!

Just like the kingdom of God! No matter how harsh the outward world nor how turbulent the inner one, Jesus’ presence in a trusting heart cannot be destroyed.

Watch for Him! His presence will burst forth in your life in a most unlikely place and when you least expect!

 

Rev. Bob Adams was our interim pastor at Trinity Baptist Church for two years.  His ministry at our church was filled with so many blessings!  It is an honor to share this Sunday’s quiet thought with ya’ll.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!!

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04.14.18 Wacky Wonderful Saturday

 

THE TRAIN by John MacDonald

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side.

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life.

However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.

Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum.

Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.

So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.

It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you all a joyful journey.

This section is new to our blog.  I love Christian music.  A friend of mine, Nancy Duvic, began sharing a graphic each Sunday of the title or words from a Christian song.  Sometimes it’s a hymn and sometimes a contemporary song.  I love that she does this because it starts my mind early on a Sunday singing the song, helping my human self concentrate on God.  I hope you all will enjoy these each week on whatever day I publish the blog!

This song is by Terry Butler and appears on the compilation 25 Top Vineyard Worship Songs: The River Is Here (2002).

LYRICS

May the words of my mouth
And the meditations of my heart
Be pleasing to You, pleasing to You
May the words of my mouth
And the meditations of my heart
Be pleasing to You my God

May the words of my mouth
And the meditations of my heart
Be pleasing to You, pleasing to You
May the words of my mouth
And the meditations of my heart
Be pleasing to You my God

You’re my rock and my Redeemer
You’re the reason that I sing
I desire to be a blessing
In your eyes
Every hour, every moment
Lord I want to be Your servant
I desire to be a blessing
In Your eyes
In Your eyes

May the words of my mouth
And the meditations of my heart
Be pleasing to You, pleasing to You
May the words of my mouth
And the meditations of my heart
Be pleasing to You my God

You’re my rock and my Redeemer
You’re the reason that I sing
I desire to be a blessing
In Your eyes
Every hour, every moment
Lord I want to be Your servant
I desire to be a blessing
In Your eyes
In Your eyes

You’re my rock and my Redeemer
You’re the reason that I sing
I desire to be a blessing
In your eyes
In Your eyes
Every hour, every moment
Lord I want to be Your servant
I desire to be a blessing
In Your eyes
In Your eyes

May the words of my mouth
And the meditations of my heart
Be pleasing to You my God

The words of the music that goes along with this are in a foreign language.  If it turns out they are saying something offensive, I am most sorry!  The doggies were just too cute to pass up!

 

THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS

HAPPY TINY HUMMINGBIRDS

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04.11.18 When you really want to just show up & love your people really well, By Becky Kopitzke on Ann VosKamp’s blog

This woman:Becky Kopitzke admits she hasn’t always loved her people well. Busyness, distractions, cranky attitudes, exhaustion—these and so many more obstacles can keep us from loving and blessing others selflessly. We say we love our loved ones, but do our actions show it? How do we treat difficult people, strangers, or those with different interests and views? Why does it matter? In her new book, Generous Love, Becky digs through the Scriptures and shares heart-to-heart insight from her own experience and others who have both given and received real love—even when it’s tough. Please join me in welcoming Becky as she offers a bit of wisdom she learned the hard way…

On an hourly basis, I probably check my phone a dozen times or more.

Email, texts, weather, photos, Facebook, Instagram, Voxer, Lord help me!—these are the weeds that vie for my attention at the same time my children are flipping cartwheels in the grass.

Technology itself is not the devil. I firmly believe Christians have a responsibility to use it for good.

But as a work-from-home mom, it’s dangerously easy to let work time leak into family time. And then I start looking at my loved ones as the distraction, rather than the other way around.

You too?

Fact is, it’s impossible to bless someone that you’re ignoring.

When we get distracted by external demands, we lose sight of opportunities all around us.

Mobile devices aren’t the only culprits.

Distractions come in the form of stress, deadlines, overscheduled calendars, worries, fears, and so much more.

Together these can breed a groundcover that hinders healthy shoots of perspective from poking through.

Until God slaps a hoe in the soil and tears those weeds out all at once, it looks kind of like this.

 

I sat at the family dinner table on an ordinary Monday night, cutting a pork chop and listening to my five-year-old rattle off her favorite activities of the day—recess, snack time, blowing bubbles in the yard.

Just then I reached for a forkful of rice and heard it—a strangled, guttural sound coming from across the table. My head jerked up, and in an instant I realized.

My eight-year-old daughter was choking.

In a single motion, my husband leapt from his chair, lifted our daughter over his forearm, and slapped a hand to her back.

Praise God, the obstruction dislodged from her throat, and she spit it onto the table.

I wrapped my arms around her and didn’t let go.

In moments like that, a mom realizes what she has. And what she could lose.

“Are you okay?” I held my daughter’s face in both hands and searched straight into her eyes.

“Yes, Momma,” she whispered and nodded.

“Well, I guess we’re not having those pork chops again!” My husband attempted to lighten the mood. But I knew it freaked him out, too. Our daughter sat on my lap for the remainder of the meal, although neither of us was hungry anymore.

The choking incident itself lasted a matter of probably seven seconds, but in my panic mode, I experienced the whole ordeal in slow motion. Then the adrenaline rushed throughout my body, and I fought back tears.

Suddenly, I saw my daughter with fresh eyes.

Not as the girl I scolded two minutes earlier for poking her sister with a spoon.

Not as the child who would waste a perfectly good plate of vegetables, then ask for ice cream.

Not as the kid whose homework drains a portion of my dwindling energy night after night.

Again she was my gift.

It was like the scales sloughed off my eyes, and for the rest of the evening and all the next day, whenever I looked at my daughter, I saw her more clearly for who she really is—a treasured possession on loan from God.

And I shuddered to remember He has the right to take her away at any moment.

The question is—How am I spending the moments He gives me?

With my eyeballs glued to a screen? With my head swimming through to-do lists so that I’m physically present but mentally in a different galaxy?

It shouldn’t take a life-or-death incident for us to realize how much our loved ones mean to us. Every moment—every breath—is on loan from heaven. It’s a gift.

I want to live and love and soak up my gifts well. Do you?

It’s a holy shame, all the energy I’ve wasted whining about deadlines, iPods, laundry, and math homework—carpool traffic, airfare expenses, my husband’s socks on the floor. Why are these the thoughts that captivate my soul?

We were meant to awed by so much more.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you. (Romans 12:2 tlb)

Cherishing our people well today.

Toss aside the busywork and hug your people tight.

Tell your people that they are kinda a hero in all kinds of ways.

Call your best friend just to hear her voice.

Because none of the other junk matters compared to them, compared to the God who created them and placed them in our sphere.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Reposted from Ann VosKamp’s Blog

04.09.18 THE IMPORTANCE OF TOUCH AND KINDNESS IN DEMENTIA, by Bob DeMarco

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PETER BERRY

Monday, April 9, 2018 – I have read Bob DeMarco’s writing on Alzheimer’s Reading Room and this one on touch and kindness was especially spot on.

Another person, Peter Berry who has dementia, puts out a weekly short video of things related to what he’s experiencing at that time, that he thinks will help others.   He is a very positive person, determined to live his life the best he can. Here is the link to his you tube channel. Peter Berry’s You Tube Channel. The latest video, his 40th weekly video, is the main one I want to direct your attention to.  At least to start off.  I’ve never thought of doing what he talks about in the 40th weekly video and I will be from now on!

Things have been a little rockier lately with my dementia than usual along with other challenges in our life.  I would appreciate prayers.  This isn’t going away but please pray that God gives me and Roy the strength and the wisdom to handle this the best way we can, the way He wants us to.  Through the rough times and the good times God is our Rock.  I am so thankful for that.

One of the biggest challenges Alzheimer’s Caregivers face is how to communicate effectively with someone living with Alzheimer’s disease. This challenge is particularly difficult when a person living with dementia becomes nasty and mean. The importance of touch and kindness should never be underestimated in Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

THE IMPORTANCE OF TOUCH AND KINDNESS IN DEMENTIA, By Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer’s Reading Room

At the beginning, my mother turned meaner than a junkyard dog.

She said mean and nasty things to me every day.

This was new. My mother had never engaged in these behaviors with me before.

I had a leg up on this one because I studied communication in college and graduate school.

I understood that when my mother said something mean or nasty that it was the Alzheimer’s at work. It was not hard to make this cognitive leap. She had never done it before, now she was. What changed? Her brain changed. It was sick.

Even though I understood what was happening, it still hurt when she said those things to me. She did make me feel angry and sad. Every day. Day in and Day out.

I knew I had to do something. I finally realized something had to change — the first thing that had to change was me. I was going to need to learn how to label my feelings so I could control what I was feeling. Instead of mad, ready to take action.

I also decided I was going to have to do something to change Dotty. I already knew that trying to reason with someone suffering from Alzheimer’s is like trying to jump over the empire state building in a single bound.

Here is a quick description of one of the things that I did start doing. And yes, over time Dotty stopped saying those mean and nasty things to me.

Everyday, early in the morning, I would bend down and say something nice and positive to my mother. While doing this,

I put my forehead on her forehead.

I tried to get her to smile and say “yes”. I call this the positive reinforcement part of the process. When I say something nice, and when she responds yes –it anchors her.

I started to do this first thing in the morning several years ago. But not before I discovered that it worked and stopped her from being mean and vicious. I do it now in the same way I do many things — before it is needed. I call this getting out in front. I also call it getting the day started on the right foot. I don’t sit around and wait for the crap to hit the fan.

This is what I started doing in an effort to make my mother feel more secure and to stop saying mean things to me. My hope was that if I could make my mother feel more secure, she would stop being a junkyard dog.

When my mother would say something mean and nasty to me like, “get out, I can take care of myself”.

I would smiled at her, put my head against her forehead, and say something positive like,

“I am here, and I am not going anywhere”. While my forehead was still attached to hers I added something like,

“We are both here to take care of each other, we need each other”.

I was hoping beyond hope that somehow my mother would come to believe we were a team.

It worked.

The instances of my mother’s meanness and nastiness have declined dramatically. Today, she is more like the sweet person I always knew.

I believe the combination of touch, positive reinforcement, the calmness in my voice, and the smile did the trick. It really wasn’t hard to do. I did need a lot of practice on the emotional side. I had to get control of my emotions. I had to learn to meet meanness with Kindness.

On the other hand, the words came easy because I meant and believed every word I said.

Over time I learned how to communicate in a new, different, effective way. This is pleasing to me, and makes me feel happy.

I relearned something I already learned a long time ago. You get more with sugar than you do with vinegar. I guess you could say, I became a better person along the way.

I could thank Alzheimer’s for this. I won’t.

Thank you, Dotty.

Don’t be afraid to try it. I’m confident it will change your life.

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04.07.18 Love it when people find our painted rocks and are happy they found them

Saturday, April 7, 2018 –  Happy 39th Birthday to our oldest son! Sunday is my sister Harriett’s 39th birthday also (hee, hee, hee) Happy Birthday Harriett!

For Rock painters/hiders: I’ve discovered that hiding rocks at a Gas Station near an interstate is the best place to give a rock a good chance of traveling to another state.

I’ve written before about rocks I’ve painted and hid that were found by someone. There have been lots more wonderful finds shared on Facebook since then. The first photos below are some of the rocks I’ve painted and hidden recently. Whether they have all been found I don’t know, but my desire is that anyone who finds one is blessed and made happy by finding it.


This first one below made me oh so happy.  Like I say below the photos these are the most creative photos showing the rock was found!  And it’s been traveling through state after state until it ended up in Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

You all have a blessed weekend!  And please come back next time!

Rock painting and hiding (sometimes known as the Kindness Project) is a wonderful craft for children to do during their summer months. I wrote a blog post last year about how to get started with rock painting.  If you’re interested click here!

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04.02.18 Short little note today!

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Thursday, April 2, 2018, I’ve previously written about my dislike (oh such a nice way to put it) of the new neurologist, Dr. Patricia Morgan.  The straw that broke the camels back just happened with her and I will be writing about it.  Mostly for those with dementia to know who not to see. If there is one type of doctor who needs to have their act together and be extremely knowledgeable it’s a brain doctor.  Grrrrr.

We’ve had Madisyn and her little friend Olivia visiting for a couple of days so I’ll be catching up on my writing soon.  I have a blog post titled Madisyn and Olivia’s Great Adventures already started to share.

We have company coming to visit, Harriett, Dana and her son John.  The girls will have a third buddy to play with!

Ya’ll have a blessed Thursday!

04.03,04,05.18 Madisyn and Olivia’s Excellent Adventure!

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday April 3, 4 and 5, 2018 – I crawled across the floor and with my last bit of strength pulled myself up onto the sofa to reach for my computer and write this.  Ha, ha, ha!!!

Yes, Roy and I are a little tired after a couple of days with Madisyn and her BFF Olivia but the joy in our heart is so wonderful!

I’ve titled this post Madisyn and Olivia’s Excellent Adventure.  I loved Ted and Bill’s Excellent Adventure with their “Totally Gnarly Dude” and “Party On Dudes!”  These two little girls are so adorable I thought this was a cool way to title the post.

Madisyn was with us on Monday before the Excellent Adventure.  The first photos are from that time. Madisyn is teaching Paw Paw how to do something on his new phone.  Yes a 9 year old teaching a computer technician how to use his phone!!

Paw Paw and Madisyn enjoying their evening bowl of ice cream!

Madisyn’s dad (our son) Chip came to visit her and they enjoyed chatting while swinging on the hammock.

Here’s the beginning of the Excellent Adventure.  This was at 10 am, yes they slept that late!!  Olivia sleeping on the sofa, the morning after night one!

Madisyn sleeping in the bed.  She told me later that I rolled over onto her during the night so she wanted to sleep in the living room the next night…………

The two buddies throughout the day, visiting with the neighbors doggies, watching TV outside, feeding the fish in the pond, and more.

   

Standing on the bench feeding the fish. The fish were going crazing eating the bread no matter where the girls were.

Walking through the trail on the side of the pond to the other side

The girls and Roy getting the paddle boat into the water!Our ride around the pond

     Rock painting was a lot of fun!

 Hammock swinging was also lots of fun.  They squealed and sang the whole time they swang!

The trees finally have all their leaves so looking up from the hammock is amazingly beautiful!

Turns out their favorite place was sitting in the paddle boat up on land.  They have quite an imagination and put it to good use there! It’s way down by the pond so I snuck up on them and found them having more fun!

My sister Harriett, her daughter Dana and Dana’s son John came to visit Thursday afternoon.  Dana and the children took the paddle boat out after which we had a really nice visit on our patio.  The children decorated sugar cookies and did really great with those.

Roy wanted me to take a photo of our dinner their last evening here so their parents could see we do feed them healthy food when they visit!   

There is a lot going on in our family that I need to ask prayers for.  Don’t want to get into it here, but we really need those prayers.

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Resurrection Sunday 04.01.18 Hallelujah! He is Risen!!! He is Risen Indeed!

Sunday, April 1, 2018 – To a Christian, Easter Sunday is everything.  It is the day we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Unlike most other “holidays” it’s one that Christians observe every day of the year. It is the anchoring message in the Christian faith.  All Christians, regardless of their denomination, believe that Christ rose from the dead and lives in Heaven with his and our father, God.   I don’t think that believe is even a strong enough words – WE KNOW IT to be true!

Today is Resurrection Sunday, the day that changed everything for us. This is the day we celebrate as the day our Savior rose from the dead, defeating and swallowing death in victory!

Without Resurrection Sunday, there would be no hope. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, everything we cling to as Christians would have crumbled.

But He didn’t stay dead, He rose again!

My favorite hymn is the original version of Because He Lives. It  explains my feelings about the resurrection perfectly.  Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried in a tomb, yet he arose from the grave and lives today. The words of the chorus read:

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

The verses say as much to my heart as the chorus does. The words to each verse are:

God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!empty grave

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

And then one day, I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives!

Some of ya’ll who have read my blog for a while have read these words before, and know this to be the song that touches my heart the deepest.  Lots of ya’ll who are Christians know this song well and probably have related its words to something in your life of great meaning. I absolutely want it sung at my funeral because on that day I will have crossed the river and be in the glorious presence of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As I get older, that thought becomes more and more inviting.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

My dear friend Pat Turner shared the video below on Facebook on Saturday.  After watching it and hearing the beautiful message I thought it should be included here.

Ya’ll have a blessed Easter.  Remember,  HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED!

 

christ is risenNOTE: About the Video:  Claire Ryann Crosby   Happy Good Friday and Easter weekend to all!! We’re so grateful that Christ could overcome death, sin, and afflictions of every kind, so that we can find peace in this life even with the challenges we face!

By Claire and Dave Crosby, video shot by Modo Studios, song written by Nik Day.  Download the track here: https://davecrosby.bandcamp.com/track/peace-in-christ

03.30.18 Medicines for Dementia

Image may contain: textFriday, March 30, 2018 – I am very happy to share that the recent increase to the highest dose, of Razadyne (generic is Galantamine) is helping reduce my dementia symptoms!  I’m now on 24 mg. a day which is taken 12 mg. in the morning and 12 mg. in the evening.  Once I got up to the highest dose, I started seeing improvement in my memory of thing’s names and people’s names and in my brain’s ability to think through the steps of how to do things.  Yippeee!!

With this new found freedom I have found I’m pushing it and near the end of the day my brain just say “enough is enough” and starts hiccuping.  I’ll take that and just have to try not to push it to much, just feel happy about this blessing God has given me.

I know it doesn’t stop the disease from progressing but, for now, the quality of my life is better!!!

Galantamine is prescribed for people who have dementia. It is used to help the symptoms which affect thinking, such as memory loss and confusion. Galantamine is not a cure, but it can slow down the progression of the symptoms in some people.

In case this is the first blog post you’ve read here, what I’m writing about is the medicine I take for dementia.  I’ve taken Aricept which helped for over 5 years.  Then Namenda was added which helped for a about a year.  I haven’t taken Namzaric which is a combination of Aricept and Namenda because I was already taking the two individual pills at the same time and my insurance paid for the two individual drugs better than the combination in one pill.

Over the last year I started getting lightheaded (seriously lightheaded, not just little oops dizzy).  After eliminating several medicines that I take and adding them back one at a time it was found that Aricept and Namenda were causing the lightheadedness (the table below calls it dizzy).  Then those were eliminated and I was put on the Exelon Patch which also after two weeks caused severe lightheadedness so I was taken off of that one also.  I was off of all for several months.  During that time my symptoms because much worse, quickly.

Recently I started taking Razadyne (Galantamine).  It took 2 months for me to gradually get up to the highest dose which is where I am, and I’m very happy about how it is helping me!

On the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Aging’s website I found a table that explains these drugs:

Aricept (Donepezil)

Exelon patch (Rivastigmine)

Namenda (Memantine)

Namzaric (combination of Namenda and Aricept)

Razadyne (Galantamine).

The table includes information on the Drug Type, How It Works, Side Effects, Recommended Dosage and where to find More Information.  It’s a two part table because it won’t all fit across the webpage without being so small you couldn’t read it.

Unless you or a loved one is living with dementia you probably don’t care about any of this.  I am sharing it because those who are affected need to know why they are taking each of these.  If you aren’t affected I’d like you to understand what the medicines I’m taking or have taken do.

Drug Name Drug Type and Use How It Works Common Side Effects
Aricept® (donepezil)
Cholinesterase inhibitor prescribed to treat symptoms of mild, moderate, and severe Alzheimer’s Prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, fatigue, weight loss
Exelon® (rivastigmine)
Cholinesterase inhibitor prescribed to treat symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s (patch is also for severe Alzheimer’s) Prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine and butyrylcholine (a brain chemical similar to acetylcholine) in the brain Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, indigestion, muscle weakness
Namenda® (memantine)
N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) antagonist prescribed to treat symptoms of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s Blocks the toxic effects associated with excess glutamate and regulates glutamate activation. Glutamate leads to brain cell death. Dizziness, headache, diarrhea, constipation, confusion
Namzaric® (memantine and donepezil)
NMDA antagonist and cholinesterase inhibitor prescribed to treat symptoms of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s Blocks the toxic effects associated with excess glutamate and prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain Headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, anorexia
Razadyne® (galantamine)
Cholinesterase inhibitor prescribed to treat symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine and stimulates nicotinic receptors to release more acetylcholine in the brain Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, dizziness, headache
Drug Name Manufacturer’s Recommended Dosage For More Information
Aricept® (donepezil)
  • Tablet*: Initial dose of 5 mg once a day; may increase dose to 10 mg/day after 4-6 weeks if well tolerated, then to 23 mg/day after at least 3 months
  • Orally disintegrating tablet*: Same dosage as above (not available in 23 mg)
For current information about this drug’s safety and use, visit www.aricept.com.
Exelon® (rivastigmine)
  • Capsule*: Initial dose of 3 mg/day (1.5 mg twice a day); may increase dose to 6 mg/day (3 mg twice a day), 9 mg/day (4.5 mg twice a day), and 12 mg/day (6 mg twice a day) at minimum 2-week intervals if well tolerated
  • Patch*: Initial dose of 4.6 mg once a day; may increase dose to 9.5 mg once a day and 13.3 mg once a day at minimum 4-week intervals if well tolerated
For current information about this drug’s safety and use, visit the www.fda.gov/Drugs. Click on “Search Drugs@FDA,” search for Exelon, and click on drug-name links to see label information.
Namenda® (memantine)
  • Tablet*: Initial dose of 5 mg once a day; may increase dose to 10 mg/day (5 mg twice a day), 15 mg/day (5 mg and 10 mg as separate doses), and 20 mg/day (10 mg twice a day) at minimum 1-week intervals if well tolerated
  • Oral solution*: Same dosage as above
  • Extended-release capsule*: Initial dose of 7 mg once a day; may increase dose to 14 mg/day, 21 mg/day, and 28 mg/day at minimum 1-week intervals if well tolerated
For current information about this drug’s safety and use, visit www.namenda.com and www.namendaxr.com. Click on “Full Prescribing Information” to see the drug label.
Namzaric® (memantine and donepezil)
  • Extended-release capsule*: Initial dose of 28 mg memantine/10 mg donepezil once a day if stabilized on memantine and donepezil
  • If stabilized on donepezil only, initial dose of 7 mg memantine/10 mg donepezil once a day; may increase dose to 28 mg memantine/10 mg donepezil in 7 mg increments at minimum 1-week intervals if well tolerated
  • Only 14 mg memantine/10 mg donepezil and 28 mg memantine/10 mg donepezil available as generic
For current information about this drug’s safety and use, visit www.namzaric.com. Click on “Full Prescribing Information” to see the drug label.
Razadyne® (galantamine)
  • Tablet*: Initial dose of 8 mg/day (4 mg twice a day); may increase dose to 16 mg/day (8 mg twice a day) and 24 mg/day (12 mg twice a day) at minimum 4-week intervals if well tolerated
  • Extended-release capsule*: Same dosage as above but taken once a day
For current information about this drug’s safety and use, visit www.janssenmd.com/razadyne. Click on “Full Prescribing Information” to see the drug label.
  • Available as a generic drug.

Well that’s our educational episode for today!

Image may contain: textToday is the day we honor the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  My salvation is because Jesus Christ died on the cross to save me from my sins.  Please, please don’t think this is some blanket coverage.  I am only saved because I have given my life to Jesus, have a personal relationship with him and try my best to live what His will for my life is.  I have a personal relationship with Christ.  Doesn’t mean that if you know of or about Jesus and you’re a good person you are saved.  That does not do it. That is terribly important to understand.  Only turning your life over to him and living for him saves you.  See my brain is thinking pretty clearly right now!

Sunday is Resurrection Sunday the day we honor Jesus rising from the grave and living again for all eternity.  The day that I go to live with Him in Heaven because I am saved is the most beautiful thing to look forward to.  I hope you too have that reassurance.  I’m working on a Resurrection Day blog post.

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