02.23.16 Kidney stones, tornadoes and work changes

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – Most of last night was spent in the emergency room at our local hospital, Hood Memorial Hospital in Amite. We’ve never been therezuon5lwq before but a couple of weeks ago we looked for it so we’d know where to go in an emergency! And Monday night we had an emergency!

Roy was in pain, nauseous and throwing up throughout the day on Monday. Just as I was falling asleep last night he came in and said he needs to go to the hospital. We gave it another hour before we headed there. He had kidney stones around 3 years ago so he thought that’s what it might be but we needed to go to the hospital to be sure. He hasn’t fully recovered from the knee surgery pain so this is a little of a double whammy pain wise for him.

Emergency-Room-Inner-EntranceHood Memorial Hospital is a small 40 bed hospital in our new hometown of Amite, Louisiana. We were quite happy that it has an emergency room and a helicopter landing pad outside if needed. We were one of two people there last night, so way different than the bigger hospitals in surrounding areas. Roy was taken in immediately, someone even came out to meet him at the car and triaged him immediately. They gave him a strong pain shot and nausea shot which helped stop the awful pain quickly and he slept soundly from then on. A CT scan was done and they diagnosed him for sure with kidney stones. A 5 centimeter kidney stone needs to pass out of him still but the pain medicine is helping him a lot. Around 5 am we arrived back at home and he’s pretty much slept since.

After that eventful night we woke up this morning to a huge strong thunderstorm, lightening, hail and tornadoes moving through our area starting after lunch time and as I’m writing this it still continues to dump lots of rain and spin of several tornadoes.  It will be going on for some time still as the bad weather rises out of the Gulf of Mexico moving north. It’s coming in band after band kind of like a hurricane does. Our local weather staff on all channels have been on air all day as the storm moves through.

My work responsibilities are no longer what they were thanks to two wonderful bosses! I will no longer be as tied to my computer as I have been recently and that’s music to an old semi retired lady’s ears!  Thank you Curtis and Deborah!!

That’s all the excitement here these last couple of days.  Since we don’t know when Roy will finally pass the last kidney stone we rescheduled our trip to Tennessee for Roy’s knee surgery follow up appointment in Tennessee.  It’s next Monday morning now.  We’ll leave here Sunday morning, spend the night at the local Hyatt and see the doctor early Monday heading back home after that.

Thanks so much for the prayers already said for Roy and for future ones I know ya’ll will be saying!

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02.22.16 How much “stuff” can fit in the storage bins under Dora?

Saturday, February 19, 2016 – We’ve been asked how much “stuff” we can fit in the storage bins under Dora and I found a blog by an RVillage couple that I think addresses the question:

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One of the main reasons we decided to go big and purchase a Class A diesel pusher was storage space. We were downsizing big time from a four bedroom home in Connecticut and while most of our stuff was either getting sold off or going into storage, there were many items we wanted to take along. Since diesel pushers have the engine in the back along with the drive wheels, this frees up quite a bit of space for storage where you’d normally have an axle on a gas coach.

Lots of folks have asked us just how much space we have below our coach and its hard to explain without taking everything out. Luckily (or unluckily) we had a bit of an ant problem (yup, like bugs) in our basement so we had to take everything out and figured what better time than to show you what our storage space looks like and just what we carry along.

Our RV is a 40 foot Class A Diesel Pusher. Theirs is a whopping 45 foot Class A Diesel Pusher. Their storage units are configured differently than ours but I thought the video would at least show you how much stuff can be stored. Rest assured ours hold an equal amount as their does!

Here’s their video:

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02.15.16 This week’s updates and a new Dentist!!

valentineMonday, February 15, 2016 – As I sit outside our RV at our little slice of heaven in Amite, Louisiana I am so thankful for all God has done for us!  Specifically right now I’m thankful for the cows that roam by in the neighboring properties, the birds that fly from tree to tree chirping their beautiful sounds, and the beautiful winters we get to enjoy in Southern Louisiana.  What can top clear skies, a light breeze and 60 degree temperatures!!! (I wrote most of this Sunday when it was beautiful, now today it’s soggy!!)

Our next door neighbors gave us a ton (yes, a little over 1000) flower bulbs.  Lots of tulips, daffodils, lillies, crocus, paper-whites and others.  Most of those have been planted around our little slice of heaven in Amite in the flower gardens, around the mailboxes, around trees and anywhere else I could think of!!  The last of them left with my niece Dana when she and my sister visited on Thursday. It’s a little later in the year than they should have been planted but I’m very hopeful that next year, if not this year, they will be in full bloom!  I will definitely share photos of them when they are in bloom!

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This is a saying we use to tell our sons often when they were young. It was even taped to their bathroom mirror so they would see it every day!This popped up on Facebook recently and I knew I had to share it with ya’ll. God does not make any junk, we turn ourselves in to junk by separating ourselves from Him.

On Thursday Roy and I went our separate ways, him to Hammond and me staying here to visit with family!  Chip needed his dad’s assistance working on his wounded Jeep’s motor.  My sister Harriett, niece Dana and her children John and Annie came to visit!  Dana and her children haven’t been to our new home before and I really enjoyed showing them around!  We had a beautiful day, nice temperatures and enjoyed visiting under the shade of the pine trees by the pond!  I truly have the best family in the whole wide world and love it when they come to visit!

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John feeding the fish, they loved him!
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Annie petting Jake, he loved her!

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My sister Harriett and I!

Here’s a brief follow up to the horrible attack on our neighbor’s dog from last Friday.  The huge Great Dane is now being kept in a large fenced in (top, bottom, sides) chain link cage.  Our neighbors purchased a 9 week old dachshund that is Snookie’s sister from a different litter.  It is a teeny tiny little thing!  I love looking at it outside our RV window.  I got to pick her up the other day and she just shivered and was precious!!  Thanks to those of you who shared with me that you’d be praying for Kevin and Shannon.  If you’ve ever had a dog you love  and lose it you know what they are going through.

things you want to do go do themWe went to church this morning with our son and daughter in law (Chip and Misty) at their church, The Harbor Church in Hammond.  Yay for having a family that we can Worship God with!!

We’re making plans to leave Amite the last week in March, spend some time in the lower southern states and then head up the east coast as far as we can get before feeling the need to go back to Louisiana!  I love it when ya’ll send us recommendations for things to see along the way.  Any place in the southeast and eastern US is what we’re focusing on for now.

Another of my teeth has chipped off, this time one closer the back.  This one has some ragged edges which make eating, talking and drinking hurt.  Not sure what’s going on with my teeth right now but I’ll be back at the dentist one day this week. I found a great dentist in Amite, Dr. Christina Givens!!!!!  Had my appointment there today.  Everyone in the office was quite nice.  Dr. Givens was very gentle and even the Novocaine shot did not hurt one bit.  That is my idea of a great dentist!!  She even gave me suggestions of things to see as we travel up northeast!! And the price was extremely reasonable.  While sitting in the chair being worked on I got to look out of the huge glass window where I could see downtown Amite.  Of course today was black and story with huge downpours but I can imagine it would be quite nice on a clear blue day like we have so many of! Here’s a picture I took of the staff and one I found on the internet of their office.

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Roy’s knee is doing better every day.  He’s still experiencing pain but we’re hopeful that by the time he sees the doctor for his 6 week check up things will have improved 20160210_104727to where we’ll feel comfortable getting back on the road again.

I am officially cutting back on my RVillage work responsibilities in the next few weeks.  That will give us more family time when home and more play time when on the road.  I’ll continue working for them and loving every minute of it, just not as many responsibilities and hours.  We have over 41,000 members now.  You remember when I use to post how big RVillage was getting, well we’re even bigger now! My boss (company owner) Curtis and my immediate boss Deborah are a joy to work for and I love being part of the RVillage family!  If you spend any time in an RV of any type and are not a member (it’s free) of RVillage, check it out and join up today!  http://www.rvillage.com

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02.09.16 Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – I love sharinghappy mardi gras some of what makes New Orleans’s Mardi Gras so unique.  Below you will see how New Orleanians mark their spots on the parade routes; a group of folks parading in Lazy Boy recliners; Endymion (one of the largest parades) ends its parade by going into the Superdome (2 videos of this); a documentary about Mardi Gras and New Orleans.  Last but certainly not least are the actual floats built by Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World where most of the major floats are made.  This is New Orleans Mardi Gras.  I think next year I’ll focus on the much more family friendly Metairie Mardi Gras.  Metairie is a city connected to New Orleans that has many parades during the season as well as a large parade and several “truck” parades on Mardi Gras Day!

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How New Orleanians mark their spots on St. Charles Avenue for parades!

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Lazy Boy parading!

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Endymion Parade ending in the Superdome

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Police motorcycle units entering the Superdome for ‪Endymion‬ parade.

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Mardi Gras & New Orleans – A Documentary

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Blain Kern’s Mardi Gras World where most of the floats are created.

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Tour Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World with Brian Kern

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Happy Mardi Gras Everyone, from our little home in Amite where the Chauvin’s are watching Mardi Gras on television like we’ve done for the last couple of decades.

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02.07.16 A little this and a little that!

Sunday, February 7, 2016 –  Roy’s knee replacement update:  We’re almost to 3 weeks after surgery and Roy’s knee is healing well.  The significant bruising has paled, the pain level is a lot better, incision is healing buildingwell and Roy’s getting around better every day.   He does his rehab exercises every couple of days and no longer needs a cane or walker.  Here’s contact information for his Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Schrader with Midsouth Orthopedic.  His office is located at:  927 Cordova Station Ave, Cordova, TN 38018.

His phone number is http://www.midsouthorthopedics.com/  There is a huge amount of information on the website.  Read all the articles, learn what you can about the techniques he uses.  You will not know until you see him in the office what type of surgery he can do for you.  It’s well worth the 7 hour drive to Cordova, right outside of Memphis, to see him.  The nearby Hyatt is a perfect place to stay the night before and/or after the doctor’s visit.  Dr. Schrader’s office has a deal with Hyatt to get you a discount on your stay at the Hyatt.  It’s $99 which isn’t cheap but we loved the hotel and their breakfast buffet.  Definitely not

A lot of patients seen by other Orthopedic doctors who recommend a full knee replacement, are able to have just a partial knee replacement with Dr. Schrader.  Roy, unfortunately, was in great need of a full knee replacement, even with Dr. Schrader doing it.  The downtime with a partial is much less than for a full and the partial can be done mostly outpatient.  Yes, really!!!   

We’ve decided to drive to Cordova in Boots, our truck, for Roy’s follow-up appointment  on February 25th and stay in the Hyatt for a couple of nights.  I’ll let you know how that goes!

Dinner with the family:  We ate dinner last evening with Chip, Misty, Kallie and Madisyn at La Caretta in Amite, Chip and Misty’s treat!!!  When I was thanking Chip after dinner he said “Well Mom, Ya’ll fed me every day of my life!”  True for 18 plus years!  The Mariachi band played throughout the evening and even serenaded us at our table for one song!

geaux denver broncosSuper Bowl:  We went out shopping earlier in the day yesterday and picked up lots of stuff to make snacks and desserts with for the Super Bowl.  Yes, just Roy and I but it just doesn’t seem right not to have special foods for the special game.  We will be cheering for the Denver Broncos this year.  Peyton Manning is a New Orleans boy just like we are, I’d love to see him end his career with a Super Bowl win.  As long as he’s not playing against the Saints we want him to win.  We toured the Denver Broncos field, Sports Authority field at Mile High when we were there last summer and it is an amazing place.  So only for one day, and one day only, we will be Denver Broncos fans!

A horrible event: Our neighbors down the street have two extremely large Great Danes (150 plus pounds and it’s head comes up to my shoulder).  Our neighbors who rent from us have several little chihuahuas and one tiny miniature dachshund (maybe under 5 pounds). Snookie, the dachshund recently gave birth to babies fathered by our shared adopted black mut dog from down the street that we call Jake.  The babies are all gone now so it was back to just Shookie and Jake.

Yesterday evening before going to meet Chip’s family the female Great Dane attacked and mauled the tiny dachshund.  We saw it happening out our RV windows in our front side yard.  I screamed at the dog to let go since usually when they get hollered at they stop whatever they are doing.  This time it did not stop.  I also screamed to our renters who I thought were inside their house.  It attacked over and over the little dog and then picked it up by the collar swinging it back and forth.  I took off out of the RV thinking I’d stop it (yes you don’t think clearly when something like that happens.)  As I got around the front of the RV I saw that our renters had started up their motorcycle and were getting ready to head out for a ride which is why they didn’t hear either my screams or the awful noise the dogs were making.  The great dane’s name is Nola and the chihuahuas’ name was Snookie.  Once I got their attention they set out to find where Snookie was.  Roy says he saw the great dane drop the dog and take off for his yard about 150 feet away.  Snookie somehow made its way back to the front porch which is where she was found.

After spending all evening and into the night at the vet where they found Snookie had a punctured lung, the bill to repair everything would be over $4,000 which was something they couldn’t afford and the owner of the great dane said he couldn’t afford.  Snookie was put to sleep yesterday evening.   Our renters love their puppies (I’m sure they are all grown dogs but they are so tiny I call them puppies) and this was so heartbreaking to have happen.  Seeing this happen before my very eyes changed something in me.  I’ve loved those big dogs down the street yet never liking the loads of poop they liked to leave in our yard when they got out.  They have an electric fence which mostly keeps them in but the owner admitted that Nola is afraid of the electricity in the fence and does what she can to remove her collar which is what she did yesterday.  After finding out that Nola already attacked one of their other dogs Mia in the past and then seeing what she is capable of today I believe she should be put to sleep.  That’s a decision the owners or the law will have to make.  Roy and I aren’t Snookie’s owners but we both grieved this morning wanting to do something we couldn’t for our friends, bring their little Snookie back.

Dog owners, if your dog has shown any signs of aggressiveness please do what you can to protect others from it.  A loving pet is one thing but a vicious large dog is not a pet I want around anyone in my family.  I can only imagine what it would have been like had the dog turned on a tiny child.  Please be in prayer that Kevin and Shannon can come to terms with this loss and can continue handling the situation with the other neighbors in the way they are.  They are great folks and are so good and kind to us that we hated seeing this happen to them.

20160206_162204Beautiful flowers: Shannon gave us over 1000 flower bulbs (crocus, tulips, daffodils, paperwhites and a couple of other names I don’t know) that I’ve started planting around the property and giving to some friends.  That’s 1000 tiny holes that need to be dug to plant them.  I planted about 500 and there is at least that many remaining!  It’s past their prime planting time in the South but if they don’t bloom this year they should next year.

Toothless: I lost part of one of my front teeth the other day and dug deep in our pockets to get that fixed.  I have loved my normal dentist Dr. Annette Theriot but I learned she retired recently.  She’s way younger than me so I was quite shocked that she retired.  The dentist who took her place Dr. Jake Paige was just wonderful, very kind and did not hurt me at all.  They don’t give laughing gas at this dentist but something about how they do the work makes it not make any difference.  I now have a better looking tooth than I had before!!!  Let money in my pocketbook but a lovely tooth!

I’ve wanted to update ya’ll on my social security disability process.  I finally have a determination from them (over a year waiting on this) and will share it with you in my next blog post.  It’s Saturday evening and we’re hopefully going to get out tomorrow to go to church!  Yay!

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