10.22.16 Before we said Goodbye to Tennessee

Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Before we left Tennessee I set out one day on my own to see Toone, Tennessee and do some shopping in Jackson, Tennessee.  Our former pastor, Dr. Randy Davis and his beautiful wife Barbara are from the tiny town of Toone.  He’s spoken of it fondly in many sermon illustrations so my heart lead me to visit it since it was not too far away.

He was right it is a tiny town, but I got to see his home where his mother still lives, his home church and all that makes up Toone, Tennessee.

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From there I drove north to Jackson, Tennessee.  I found a wonderful Books A Million where I did some Christmas shopping.  I drove by and around Union University where Randy graduated from and where our oldest son’s brother in law Jason teaches.  Both daughters of a couple we know recently graduated from this fine Christian college.

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I did some winter wardrobe shopping at their Goodwill!  It was the biggest and nicest building I’ve ever seen a Goodwill in.

This past Monday Roy had his final follow up appointment with Dr. Lawrence Schraeder, his knee surgeon.  Doc said Roy’s doing exceptionally well.  He can bend his knee with no pushing or pain 135 degrees which is better than the goal!

On our way home from Dr. Schraeder in Bartlett/Cordova, Tennessee we saw many cotton fields.  A friend of ours stood in the middle of a cotton field for a photo on Facebook last week and that inspired me to do the same!  Here’s my middle of the cotton fields pics!

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Here’s a field with cotton already picked and packaged.

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One of our favorite things to do when we come to this part of Tennessee is get a couple dozen Krystal burgers, eat them on the way home and toss all the boxes in the floor of our truck.  Here’s the evidence of our naughtiness! 20161017_155215

We stopped at Walgreens to pick up some things and Roy seeing one of the Halloween masks had to play with it! Silly boy!20161017_145348

We left Hornsby, Tennessee Wednesday, spent the night at Walmart in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and arrived in Pass Christian, Mississippi Thursday for a two weeks stay here.

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10.15.16 Mud Island River Walk in Memphis, Tennessee

20161013_140310Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Thursday was a beautiful day temperature wise.  Roy and I took advantage of the lower temperatures to go into Memphis, Tennessee where we toured the Mud Island River Walk.

The local Bass Pro Shop – never would have thought that was what this was until we saw the sign on the other side of the pyramid.

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On our way there we drove through a beautiful part of Memphis that resides right on the Mississippi River. This was a very large area of beautiful homes beautifully landscaped and quite large!20161013_134148

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The River Walk is one of the most unique representations of the Mississippi River in the world.   It is an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River flowing from its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois 954 nukes south to the Gulf of Mexico.   It is scaled 30″  = 1 mile.  It’s entire length is 2,000 feet or 5 blocks. The  model empties into an acre size Gulf of Mexico.

Before showing the photos we took of this model of the river here is a short video that really shows what is so special about the Mississippi River.   I was unable to embed the video here but you can watch it by clicking on the words “Watch on Facebook”.

Here are some photos from the start down to where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

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We knew this would be a miniature version of the Mississippi River’s trail down into the Gulf of Mexico.  What we didn’t realize was how big this would turn out to be. We started at the top and walked and walked and walked watching the Mississippi curve its way through state after state down to our beloved Louisiana where it empties into the Gulf.

Some of the major cities along its path are noted with a layout of the city alongside the mini river.

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Right by my feet in the photo above is what you see in this first photo below.  This is Mud Island as it lies alongside the Mississippi River.20161013_141814

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The actual Mississippi River right next to the River Walk. Cool beans like Madisyn and I like to say!20161013_142518

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This mini version of the Mississippi is situated right next to the real Mississippi River.  It is also in the middle of several buildings surrounding it that normally have interesting things to do in them.  It is also landscaped quite nicely throughout with the kind of foliage you would see as you go down the river towards the Deep South.

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These photos depict the Mississippi emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.

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This was not a good time of the year to visit what is probably a bustling really nice facility during the summer months.  Other activities there were closed down but since the weather was so nice it was a great day for what we did get to see which was all outside.

I am writing this on Friday and it has poured down rain all day today.  This area hasn’t seen rain in over a month so it is much needed.  The recent cooler weather and this rain ought to help the trees change their leaf color more soon!  The rain delayed my plans to see more of the surrounding area today.  That will wait till Saturday now!  We are leaving in a few minutes to eat dinner at this RV Resorts Friday night dinner at the Bistro, fried catfish, fries and hush puppies!

Roy’s been enjoying the open areas here getting to fly his plane.  He can do loopty loops now really well!  There is also a firing range here where he took his pistol to shoot the other day.  Said it wasn’t great for his hearing afterwards, his ears hurt!

Monday we go to Bartlett (near Memphis) to see Roy’s knee surgeon for his final follow up.  I am hoping that the leaves have changed a lot in their color when we go on Monday.  That will be our last opportunity to see Tennessee trees before heading south to the Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

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10.07.16 Bush’s Beans, Pigeon Forge and the Apple Barn

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Roy, Rosalyn and Duke, the Bush’s Beans dog with the Secret Recipe!

Friday, October 7, 2016 – We left Dandridge, Tennessee this morning and are traveling across the state to Hornsby, TN which is about 75 miles east of Memphis.  It is a full days drive. Roy will see his knee surgeon for a follow up while we are there.

On Tuesday we went to see several things in and around Pigeon Forge.  We’ve stayed in Pigeon Forge before and saw a lot the first time. This visit, other than Dollywood, included a few special stops. Most of these photos are clickable to enlarge.

First stop today was at the Bush’s Beans visitors center located at 3901 US 411 in Dandridge, TN.  You probably know that the spokesperson Jay has a trusty dog, Duke, who always wants to give away the Bush Family’s Secret Recipe. header_visitorscenter2x_0

We started off by touring the museum and having our photo taken with Duke.  The photo is in the upper left at the beginning of this post.

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We then watched a 20 minute video about the family with some really funny spots about Duke.  The video also included a peek inside the workings of the Bush Bean factory–from fields to our shelves in the grocery store. It really gave us a great appreciation for this company. It was interesting to learn that they use water from mountain streams to make their beans & the water eventually gets returned to their fields through an irrigation system. Really interesting video!

At one end of the complex is the Bush Family Cafe.  We did not eat there but have heard it’s a great place to stop.  It was full with people waiting outside when we left.  Guess that means its popular at least!20161004_123655After the video we did some shopping in the store.  We found several Bush’s products we’ve never tried before so we bought those and other goodies before leaving there.

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It was a great experience and I highly recommend visiting it if you’re in this area.  From start to finish, it was a great FREE tour.
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Bush’s Baked Beans candies!!

From there we went into Pigeon Forge which is an amazing town with lots of attractions at every turn.  We came upon a Crafts Fair under a huge red and white striped tent in Patriot Park.  We (strike that we and insert I) enjoyed walking through and seeing all the uniquely Tennessee items for sale.  Found a few I had to buy for others and we were back on our way.

The first photo below is of Wonderworks.  We visited there our first time in Pigeon Forge.  It’s a wonderfully fun place for children and even adults.  We didn’t go back this time so we could check out more things.

ww-pigeon-forge-bldThe beautiful Smoky Mountains.rainy-weather-in-the-smoky-mountains pigeon-forge just-down-the-road-fromab_logo_140hWe ate at the Apple Barn Restaurant, Cider Mill and Store about 5 years ago.  Remembering it well we went back again today to wrap up this outing in Pigeon Forge.  The meal started off with delicious apple fritters and their homemade apple butter.  Roy got his favorite liver and onions.  I got a four veggie platter with dumplins, sweet potatoes, amazing broccoli casserole and fried okra.  A Southern comfort meal for sure!

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Well, we’ve seen a lot and had a lot of fun while in this part of Tennessee.  Wednesday and Thursday were spent resting and working!  On to our next stop in our travels! The tree leaves are starting to change a lot here and I am looking forward to seeing a lot of that in the next two weeks!

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10.06.16 Dollywood, Day 2 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – I forgot to share in yesterday’s blog post something that needs to be said.

20161003_144538-largeThe atmosphere at Dollywood was warm, friendly, inviting and unmistakably Christian.   I expected country and was pleasantly surprised at the Christian part.  When riding the locomotive they piped in a couple of Dolly’s Christian songs and most everyone was singing along at the top of our lungs!!!  Riding through the Tennessee countryside, singing praises to our Lord was amazing.  All through the park either Christian music was piped in or live Christian Gospel music was being sung and played.  I was singing along and saw soooo many people walking by singing the words to the songs!

Ya’ll know how much I love all Christian music and this experience was quite special to me. If you are not a Christian you may not get it, but if you are a Christian you will love it!

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Now on to Day 2 at Dollywood which was totally different than Day 1. This post is long, too much fun and adventure not to include an abundance of photos and lots of descriptions.  Hang on now!

We rode roller coasters even flipping upside down, water rides, an absolutely sickening swing ride, and listened to a couple of great Gospel music shows then finished it off with a delicious buffet at Aunt Granny’s in Dollywood!

I came for some excitement but mostly to listen to some great Gospel music.  Roy came for some Gospel music but mostly wanted some over the top excitement on the rides.  We did a great combination of the two.

When entering the park we turned left instead of right like we did on Day 1.   A long winding pathway took us to the part of the park where the mega rides were located.  Along the way Roy found a coffin he had to try out, hence the photo below!  Yes, creepy but it made him happy!

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We first stopped at the Dolly Parton Celebrity Theater to watch the Hoppers.  The young lady singer sounded so much like Dolly herself.  The whole group sang some amazing songs.  Great way to start of the day, singing Praises with other Christians!

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The decorations throughout the park were really cool and old country.  Even the bathroom was called The Privy!20161003_122634-large 20161003_122748-large 20161003_122831-large

First ride was on the wooden Roller Coaster called Thunderhead

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What a wild experience that was hearing the cars go over all the wooden parts featuring a 100-foot drop and a top speed of 55 mph.  What a wild, exhilarating ride that was!  I handled this one well and was quite happy we experienced it.

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This is what it was, upside down, twist over and over high speed fun.  Yes, I said fun!  I was starting to think I could actually handle these speedy, wild and crazy rides.  Its 1,811-foot track travels through an abandoned coal mine.  Uncertain encounters and amazing maneuvers, including a hair-raising 95-degree, 85-foot vertical drop that plunges into darkness! 20161003_131615-large

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This is one of those pictures they take during the ride that they try to sell you after the ride.  This was so descriptive of our experience I had to buy it.   Roy obviously did way better than I did!  I hung on tight for dear life and survived!20161003_132259-large

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We strolled around some more on our way to the Eagle, the highest ride in the park.  Here’s what we found when we got there.

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Then we came to a replica of an old school house from 1901.  The children seeing this were just amazed, I was too!20161003_134343-large 20161003_134556-large

The old chapel in the woods was another treat to see.20161003_135947-large 20161003_140047-large During our stroll through the park we came across a spot where all the old folks were rocking.  We joined them for a spell.  I think every town should have a space like this, just for us!20161003_141541-large20161003_141610-large 20161003_140501-large 20161003_140510-large 20161003_141422-large Okay, well now comes the ride I would like to say a lot of really awful things about.  I guess my confidence in handling these rides got so strong that when I saw the Barnstormer ride I thought wow, fun.  Roy told me to watch it for a while and see if I really wanted to ride it.  I watched it, still looked like great fun, even with the screams coming from the riders as it swung higher and higher.  I could never have been wronger (probably not really a word). These first few rather lame photographs do not IN ANYWAY prepare you for the evil that lied ahead.

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I can just picture my sister, Harriett, closing her eyes and saying “Rosie, you did do this, did you???”  She’s obviously the wise one of the two of us!  Even though I am getting older I’m still pretty determined not to let that stop me very much.  Today I wish it had.

Not to get to descriptive but I had to sit still hoping not to throw up for at least 30 minutes afterwards.  If the landscaping wasn’t so pretty there I would have given in and done it.  My stomach had gone back and forth, and upside down a few too many times.

After a nice rest and some retail shopping therapy we went on with our adventure. One area of the park took us back to the 50s where drive ins and fine old cars put a big smile on our faces.  20161003_145621-large 20161003_145455-large 20161003_145414-large 20161003_145251-large 20161003_145122-large 20161003_144753-largeDolly’s older touring bus was in this area and we got to tour it today.  The 1994 Prevost features hand-tooled leather from Germany on the sofa and chairs, cherry cabinets and brass fixtures. In addition to three bunks, the bus has two bathrooms and a shower. Dolly’s bedroom features three clocks–one set on Los Angeles time, one on Nashville time and the other on Dollywood time.  Back then this cost $700,000.  Her new one was a piddly $2.5 million dollar bus!  Here’s a photo of the inside.

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We then went over to the River Rampage. This white water rafting adventure is full of exciting dips, twists and turns along the way. No two excursions are the same, but each one promises a good soaking for all who dare to brave the rapids.  Roy doesn’t like rides like this but he braved it for his darling, me!  Again no photos on this ride so here’s some I found elsewhere.  We were dripping like rats at the end of this one.

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We eventually dried off and continued exploring the park.  I walked up on Roy with this duck.   When I first walked up he was facing Roy and they looked like they were having a good chat! By the time I got my camera ready the duck was walking away.

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The Joyaires were the next group we enjoyed at the Back Porch Theater.  They ended their program with a patriotic series of songs that almost had me in tears.  God and my country are very important in my life and the combination in one show was amazing!20161003_151756-large  20161003_152041-large Enough time passed since the evil ride and the River Rampage that we were able to enjoy Aunt Granny’s buffet for our diner.20161003_162105-large 20161003_153009-large

That was a long one, sorry!  But we enjoyed the adventure (most of it) so much I had to share.  If you’ve never been to Dollywood, I recommend giving it a visit.  It is not as expensive as Disney, nor is it as sparkly shiny and clean, but the over all experience was terrific! There was sooo much more to do and see at Dollywood than this.  If you take your time and enjoy doing all of it, you can easily spend 3 days here.

On Tuesday we went into Pigeon Forge seeing the Bush’s Beans factory, visited a craft fair while going through downtown Pigeon Forge.  We ended our time there at the Apple Barn……………… yum!

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10.05.16 Dollywood Day 1, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – This past Friday we traveled from Georgia, through North Carolina

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20160930_123449-largeThe RV park we are staying at is not a top notch place, but it is quiet and I feel safe.  We have a nice couple staying next to us, Dennis and Cindy, who have recently started their RV life. We are about 30 minutes from all that is exciting in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

indexOn Sunday we went to Dollywood.  Dollywood is a theme park jointly owned by entertainer Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. It is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and hosts over 3 million guests in a typical season.

Dollywood is the biggest “ticketed” tourist attraction in Tennessee.

We originally planned to go there for three days, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Circumstances narrowed that down to Sunday and Monday which turned out to be plenty of time for us to see and do everything we could do.  Seniors are allowed to go in at 3 pm for free when they buy a full day pass for a different day.  That’s what we did!

Sunday’s three hour visit allowed us to walk through a lot of the park, seeing all we could. Here are some of the Harvest decorations and sights we saw on Sunday.

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We rode this ride on Monday and got soaking wet.  I loved it, Roy not so much.  He doesn’t like rides like this that get you wet but he was a good sport about it!20161002_153616-large 20161002_153730-large 20161002_154002-large 20161002_154030-large

We also road the Dollywood Locomotive around the park and surrounding area.  The photo above includes the locomotive. Here are photos taken from the locomotive.

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After that we road the Ferris Wheel.

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On our way out we wanted to tour Dolly’s tour bus but it was closed but here it is.  We did get to go inside on Monday, very classy bus!

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Some other things we saw as we were leaving the park before they closed.

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01.28.16 One cold morning in Tennessee!

tennesseeThursday, January 28, 2016 – Tennessee is my kind of place all except for the very cold weather.  So we are heading out of here a couple of days earlier than planned!

Roy wrapped up his physical therapy yesterday with our wonderful Physical Therapist  from Amedisys, Patty!  She’s been patient, informative and very kind during her time with us.

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Here they are yesterday on her last visit!

Roy always handles all of the duties outside unhooking the water lines, sewage hoses, removing the stabilizing blocks and storing all that under Dora.  He then proceeds to hitching up or unhitching Boots behind Dora.  Since he’s not able to do any of that at this time guess who got to do it!  ME!!!!!!  Those exclamation points should not be taken as any indicator that I liked it, just that I use ! a lot.

I learned this morning that what I’ve been contributing to us getting ready to leave or arrive at a park is maybe 1/20th of what Roy has to do. I usually make sure everything is put away inside Dora and is stored in such a way it won’t slip or fall while we’re traveling. I then get my computer set up in the passenger seat and sit down until he’s ready to travel.  Boy were my eyes opened this morning!

I now know more than I ever wanted to know about the arrival/departure process and probably won’t remember most of it tomorrow.  I got up and down off the gravel dozens of times, hauled heavy boards, touched poop and pee drizzling out of the tubes, wanted to cry, had to rest several times and was generally not a happy camper!

There are two hoses, 3 sections of poop tube, one connector to the receiving hole in the ground, 2 long plastic holders that keep the poop tube off the ground, one long according thing that keeps more of the poop tube off the ground, (Roy unhooked the electrical thingy while I wasn’t looking) and hooking Boots up to Dora took at least 10 different cords, hooks, and other things I can’t describe.  Knowing that my hubby couldn’t do any of it and that it was all in my hands got me through the long grueling process.  It didn’t help much that I don’t know what most of the items are called that are used in the process, but golly I learned fast!

20160124_163625 20160124_163324I found that Roy has a place for every last thing needed in the process and it must go back into that place for next time. If you know Roy you can probably imagine some commands being given by him during the process.

All of this in near freezing Tennessee weather!

I’ve also decided that I could not do this alone with Dora and Boots.  If I was ever to travel alone it would have to be in a smaller Class C so that I didn’t have to unhook or hook up a vehicle behind it.  Of course that would only eliminate one part of the process since there would still be water, and poop tubes to deal with, and the mystery electrical process I didn’t have to participate in!

That’s it for how our cold morning in Tennessee went.  We are now traveling Interstate 55 down through Mississippi and the sun is shining like we haven’t seen for days!!!  What a difference sunshine makes to my mood and disposition!

Our sweet Madisyn is having tubes put in her ears and her adenoids removed tomorrow so we hope to arrive at home to surprise her after the surgery.  The separation from family this time has been especially hard.  We normally start separating gradually for a week or so before we leave.  This time we were all together for Chip and Misty’s wedding up to the night before we left.  Such great quality family time together was very much missed as we left home for Tennessee.

We have a nice concrete patio by our parking spot at our house in Amite.  Roy will be able to get good walking exercise there and enjoy the beautiful warmer weather in Louisiana.  His knee may be swollen for another week or two.  Yesterday Patty said she could tell the swelling is beginning to go down.  Yay!  He’s bending the knee quite well and the worse part now is the soreness from where the tourniquet was applied above the knee.  It’s black, blue, green and ugly.  I guess that’s a no pain, no gain kind of thing!  He’s promised he won’t try shoveling or doing any real work until he’s all better.

We will be traveling back to Tennessee, in our truck, in 4 weeks for Roy’s post surgery visit with Dr. Schrader.

Last week our toilet seat stopped automatically closing.  Of course we can’t have any of that, so off to Lowe’s we went to find a new one.  Low and behold, they had one with an LED night light in it so guess who is the proud owner of a night time lighted potty!!  Us! Here’s Roy navigating through the store on the electric cart, the proud owner of a new toilet seat.

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01.17.16 On the road to Tennessee!

20160117_072428Sunday, January 17, 2016 – Left dark and early this morning from our serene little slice of Heaven in Amite, Louisiana. We are headed for Hornsby, Tennessee about an hour east of Memphis.

We took Interstate 55 up to Highway 7 and should arrive in Hornsby by 4-5 pm today. We are way more exhausted and sleep deprived than we anticipated from all the activity of the last few days, a later night last night than usual for us and definitely a much earlier wake up today than normal! Poor Roy is having to pull over every hour or so to walk around outside so he can stay alert! Me, I have the heated seat turned on to soothe my aching back and I’m RVillage working as needed.

Monday is Roy’s pre-op visit at Dr. Schraeder’s office in Bartlett, Tennessee. Tuesday Roy is the second person on the surgery schedule. Don’t have a time yet for the surgery but at least we know it will be early.

We just stopped to get diesel for Dora because it was only $1.66 a gallon! That’s diesel, not gasoline!

We have arrived at Big Buck Campground in Hornsby, TN and are calling it a night. A 7 hour trip took us almost 12 hours. Combined with a much less than normal sleep last night means I’m crawling in bed right now!

12508805_10208827547032940_2245045656470865454_nI’ll write tomorrow about Chip and Misty’s beautiful wedding. They too are on their way to Tennessee but at the far eastern side whereas we are at the far western side. No parents allowed near those two this week!

Here’s one picture of the newlyweds with more promised to come!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!!

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01.24.16 Roy goes under the knife!!! :) Finally!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016 – The long awaited knee replacement surgery is now behind us!

We arrived at St Francis Hospital – Bartlett at the way too early time of 5:30 am.  Since it is a 90 minute drive that meant we left at 4:00 am.20160119_061042  Next came all the normal pre-op activities including Dr. Schrader coming in and putting his initials on Roy’s right leg.

I visited with a lovely lady Claudia in the waiting room while Roy was in surgery.  Got a couple of calls from the operating room with updates, all good!

20160119_121422They brought Roy to his hospital room pretty groggy.  He came in and out of it all afternoon.  He had a Q Ball pumping pain medicine into his knee from the time of the surgery until we left.  This kept his pain levels much lower than if he had not had that.  Dr. Schrader glues his incision shut so there are no staples or sutures to remove later.  I plan to write about the difference of this type of procedure compared to older forms of knee replacement surgeries.  Even thought it is a newer form of surgery it is still major surgery.

While Roy was in the hospital their physical therapists came twice a day starting just 2 hours after the surgery.  They even helped him learn how to properly walk up and down steps since we have those at the entry way of our RV.20160119_141044

 

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20160120_143433His nurses took great care of him so I felt comfortable to return to Dora our RV that evening after Dr. Schrader came by to check on him and tell us that the surgery went perfectly and Roy was doing really well. Another video of Roy making progress on day two:

Most people have partial knee replacements and their stay as a patient of Dr. Schrader is only overnight.  Roy had a full knee replacement so he stayed two nights.

After getting the all clear from doctor and hospital staff we made our way back to Dora for his time of healing.

Day by day he’s getting stronger and better able to get around.   It’s been snowing here in Hornsby, Tennessee a bit and Friday he couldn’t stand just looking out the window at it so we made a short, very brief trip down the stairs and stood in the snow for a minute!  Here’s some pictures from that event!20160122_100447 20160122_162429 20160122_162451 20160122_162523 20160122_162537 20160122_162614

We’re now with Amedisys Home Health.  Our Physical Therapist, Patty came for her first visit yesterday.  Roy was all happy when she arrived and was pretty worn out when she left.

Little by little he’s able to do more for himself so he’s progressing well.  Still needs pain medicine but probably not as often.  He falls asleep often because of the pain medicine but his leg is resting so it’s a good thing! His leg is still swollen so his mobility isn’t great yet.  The area where they applied a tourniquet during surgery is turning quite ugly purple green and blue and is quite sore.

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Today is Sunday and we’re watching a local pastor preach on television, so not the same as being in church but Roy’s not there yet.  Football comes on later and I’m doing my RVillage work.  Roy walks around inside our RV with his walker really well.  He ventured outside this morning (no more snow, just very cold) and walked down the street and back.  Here’s a video of how well he’s doing with walking.

We are not really liking how cold it is here (RVs are not very insulated so even with propane heat and an electrical heater we’re not warm).  Roy will have Physical Therapy every day this coming week and we will probably leave here Saturday headed to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for several weeks.

We’re use to being able to go outside our RV a lot.  Can’t do that at all here with the frigid temps, so we’re kind of having cabin fever after just a few days.  It’s suppose to be in the 40s and 50s this coming week (that’s a heat wave compared to the teens and 20s this past week) so hopefully that will help us be able to get outside more.

That’s it catching ya’ll up on Roy’s progress post surgery!  Time for some football watching!

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