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

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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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03.29.18 Wacky Wonderful Thursday

I am actually crawling under the fence here but today we’re going to say I’m hunting for Easter eggs!

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – Our family honors the death and RESURRECTION (Amen!) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at Easter.  Today’s silly Easter photos and video are not meant to take the place of the reality of Easter.  Just wanted to share these to bring some smiles to your face and hopefully your heart from this Wacky Wonderful Thursday edition! Have a great week! The Chauvins

 

PEEPS ARE MY DOWNFALL.  USE TO JUST BE AT EASTER, NOW THEY MAKE THEM ALL YEAR LONG FOR EVERY HOLIDAY.

 

 

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03.26.18 Treasured Photos from Trinity Baptist’s May 2012 Mother’s Day Presentation

Monday, March 26, 2018 – These precious Treasured Photos are from a Power Point presentation at Trinity Baptist Church shown on Mother’s Day in May 2012! The Moms and their children and/or grandchildren are identified in these photos.  Some of these precious ladies are no longer with us so prepare your heart for when you see them.

Feel free to save any of your family’s photos to your computer by right clicking on it and choosing Save Image As!  I know today isn’t Mother’s day but I included the first slide from the original presentation.

       

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03.24.18 Treasured Photos from Trinity Baptist’s June 2009 Father’s Day Presentation

Saturday, March 24, 2018 – These precious Treasured Photos are from a Power Point presentation at Trinity Baptist Church shown on Father’s Day in June 2009! The dads and their children are identified in these photos.  Some of these great men are no longer with us so prepare your heart for when you see them.

Feel free to save any of your family’s photos to your computer by right clicking on it and choosing Save Image As!  I know today isn’t father’s day but I included the first two slides from the original presentation.

           

Well that’s it folks, I hope you enjoyed these wonderful memories of some of Trinity’s dads and their children and grand children!  The next Treasured Photos post will be of the photos from the Mother’s Day Power Point presentation in 2012.

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03.23.18 How Do I Find Happiness every day? a video by Taylor Dzaman

Friday, March 23, 2018 – This young man Taylor Dzaman, made a great You Tube video.

I’ve always believed that it is how you choose to look at life that either makes you happy or unhappy. That’s what this is about.

The following video was published on Feb 26, 2018.  Here’s what Taylor says about the video!

I have been asked the question “How Do I Find Happiness every day?”
I CHOOSE to look at life with only positivity.
My Perception is My Reality, meaning how you see life, is how life will be !
I understand that life gets hard and some things are out of your control but I believe 90-95% is within your control.
You just have to have the right mindset !!

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03.25.18 What Not to Do in an RV (an RV Newbie Mistake), by Duet Justus

Sunday, March 25, 2018 – RVers can get themselves into pretty bad situations especially when you’re new at it.  This was so awful and had an unexpected ending that I just had to share it! We have never experienced this particular challenge but over the last 5 years we have had our own share of embarrassing moments!

Duet Justus (the RV owner and video maker) wrote about this video:

Today, we’re sharing the scariest moment of our lives. This is what NOT to do in an RV and is without a doubt the biggest RV newbie mistake we’ve ever made. Lesson learned? Don’t mess with mud!!!

Other You Tube videos from Duet Justus can be found at:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIeTn13FYQI1YL4InzvuWuQ

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03.22.18 Chip, Grannie and Madisyn picking strawberries and having fun at Liuzza Land

Madisyn’s class had a field trip on Monday going to Liuzza Land.  Chip and I went with her class and really had a nice time.  Rain was forecast but didn’t happen.  What we got was a cloudy slightly cool and breezy MAGNIFICENT day!  Getting to spend time with Madisyn and her classmates was very special.

Liuzza Land is a local family farm that is open to field trips and the public (on weekends) with several animal exhibits, buggy ride, a guided wagon tour of Liuzza Produce Farms, swings, big jumpy thing, U-pick produce, a concession stand (burgers, hot dogs, etc.)  and much more.

They also have a very nice wedding and reception area.

The whole farm is 500 acres.  We saw beautiful, humongous red strawberries hanging from the bottom of  two million plants.  The top of each plant was full of green new berries that will ripen after the first batch. Also, row after row of tomato plants.  They supply produce of all sorts to Walmart, Winn Dixie, Bohnings in Ponchatoula and their own business, Berrytown Produce.

We each got to pick and fill a container of strawberries to take home.  Here’s the three of us on the wagon ride around the farm

We took a second wagon ride and when Madisyn slipped her little hand into mine I had to capture that moment!

These are the photos Chip and I took throughout the day.  

I included this so you could see their upcoming events, Easter Egg Hunt (Saturday March 24, this coming Saturday) the 1st Annual Berry Bash and BBQ Cook Off (Saturday, April 7)

This big hill had steps leading to the top and two culvert like things that the kids slide down the inside.  They loved this.  Madisyn did it three times!

  

Here’s the second crop of strawberry still green on top.

  This is the big room where we ate lunch. I love those big brown eyes!

Liuzza Land is located at 56186 Holden Circle Amite, LA 70422.  Their phone number is (985) 284.0722 and website is https://www.liuzzaland.com

It’s $8 for adults and children which includes a container of strawberries that you pick!  After the past few days being so busy I worried about surviving the field trip.  The nice cool weather and getting to spend time with Madisyn and Chip made it a great day!  It’s been many years since this lady went on a school field trip so I’m glad I did it and I’m really glad I survived!!

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03.21.18 Madisyn and Kallie’s birthdays, massive cooking, doctors and funeral home

Wednesday, March 21, 2018  – This is one of those blog posts that is mostly to help me remember events now and in the future.  You can skip it if you want but it does include some interesting stuff!!  I accidentally published this blog yesterday evening.  Sorry about that if you saw it and it went away.
I saw this video on facebook this morning, I had to add this before publishing this blog post.  It looks so awesome but I’d never do it, how about you??
Our precious Madisyn’s 9th birthday party was earlier this month.  You’ll see her unicorn theme in every photo!     Madisyn’s amazingly delicious Unicorn cake was made by a good friend of ours, Beckie Pistorious.  Beckie can be contacted at Cakes by Beckie, at Carter’s Supermarket in Livingston, LA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/decothecake/   Here is the back of the cake, wow!
Friday of last week included two doctor visits and a funeral home visit.  I know, wow!!  We started with my family physician, Dr. Valdes.  We were there to get my A1C taken after a month of higher dose of one medicine and cutting sugar/carbs out of my diet.  Last visit it was 9.2, this visit it was 8.1.  Getting much closer to he goal of 7!!!  He increased the soliqua injection dosage to 20.  I’m very encouraged by making as much progress as I have in one month.  I also lost 3 pounds!  I left several painted rocks there!!
Next visit was with my current neurologist.   I don’t behave in a way my Southern mama would approve of when I am meeting with that doctor.  She just sets me off, and I come away from there frustrated and very upset.  I wish I could describe it to ya’ll why this happens every time but I can’t.  The bottom line is that she just doesn’t seem to be as informed about dementia as I need her to be.  One day I will be able to get my thoughts together and document what it actually is that upsets me so much.   She increased the dosage of the brain medicine, Galantamine, to 24 mg. twice a day which I did like.  I don’t know how much good it is doing but it is not making me lightheaded so I’ll take it.  She has ordered a PET Scan for me to better define what is going on in my brain. That did make me happy because I haven’t had one of those yet and it’s suppose to be a very helpful tool in determining the type of dementia.  I don’t have a date for that but once she agreed to do that, I was able to control myself until we left.  I left several painted rocks there also.
When we left there we went to Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home to meet with Ben Jett about making funeral arrangements for both of us ahead of time.  If you haven’t done this yet I recommend doing it.  It will help your loved ones so much to know what you want.  Ben is a really nice young guy and I’d recommend going to that funeral home to meet with him.  He’s at the funeral home on US 190 and Baptist Road.   Roy and I were able to make these important decisions without the stress of having a death just occurring.  There was some information they wanted that we couldn’t come up with right away so we’ve done some digging in our records at home and are sending those to them this week.  I am now working on putting together a slide show of photos from Roy’s life (mine is already done) and other things related to a funeral.  I’m very happy we have the funeral planning done and documented.  Now to start paying for it.  Wow, that’s the rough part!  Didn’t seem like this was the appropriate place to leave painted rocks!!
Then Saturday was major cooking day in our home. Two pans of cabbage rolls, one pan of cabbage casserole, a giant pot of vegetable beef soup (filled 4 gallon freezer bags) carrot raisin salad. Fresh mashed potatoes (Donna Methvien, Roy made these!!!) with something else I don’t remember. All were made using the ingredients we caught at the St.Patrick’s Day parade in Metairie last Saturday.  That meant a ton of peeling and cutting carrots, potatoes, celery, soup meat. It felt like 10 tons but Roy was a big help peeling the carrots and potatoes.  I did all the chopping.
The photo below are of some of the fresh ingredients in the pot when the vegetable beef soup cooking started.  Everything was fresh except for a can of green beans and a can of corn.
I have to admit that my cabbage rolls don’t look like regular all neat and orderly cabbage rolls.  They do however taste really good!  The cabbage casserole include Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and butter.  We may not eat cabbage for a long long time until we get over eating it daily!   I made an extra pan of cabbage rolls and cabbage casserole, because my daughter in law Misty said she loves them.  Hope she is enjoying it them this week! By the time we went to bed Saturday evening we didn’t know what was was up or down!!  I truly don’t know how Roy’s mom cooked big meals like she always did.  I slept so soundly from exhaustion, I thought I was coming out of a coma when waking up on Sunday morning and getting ready to go to church.
We went to Chip and Misty’s home after church Sunday to celebrate Kallie (our teenage granddaughter’s) birthday Sunday.  She’s 17 now!!! It was wonderful spending time with this precious young lady.
Kallie’s amazing cake was made by “A Tammy Cake” which Tammy describes as white almond cake filled with berry compote and fresh strawberries, chocolate buttercream icing, ganache and chocolate covered strawberries on top.  Tammy can be contacted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/atammycake/
Kallie, Grannie and Madisyn
Roy has suddenly become quite busy with computer work and flooring work.  What we thought was going to be a quiet non eventful week, this week, has blown up with fun and other frivolities!  Roy is doing this work so that he can purchase a drone he has wanted for some time! The one he wants is a DJI Mavic Pro.  He currently has a toy drone which doesn’t do nearly the cool things the real one can.
I said in our last post that I’d share about Chip and I going on Madisyn’s school class had a field trip to Liuzza Land yesterday (Monday). I have some other important things to do, like reading in the hammock and down by the pond (!!!!!) on this beautifully cool and sunny day, so I’ll share about that next time!
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