05.09.21 An open letter to my Mama, sweet Josie Traylor, on Mother’s Day

I wrote this back in 2013, eight Mother’s Days ago. I started to write something this year and looked at older posts for pictures. I came across this and it is all so true and dear to me that I’m publishing it once again. I miss that little lady just as much today as I did when I first wrote this.

Happy Mother’s Day Mama…

It’s been five years (now thirteen years) since I was able to look into your beautiful shining eyes and hold your fragile little hands to say I love you.

It was probably two years before that time when you still knew it was your daughter Rosalyn saying those words to you.  The erosion of your mind and memories taken by that horrible disease known as Alzheimer’s was something we didn’t like to see happen but most importantly we didn’t want it happening to you.

You were one of the strongest women I’ve ever known loving your children and grandchildren unconditionally, caring for us with the last drop of strength and love you had.

So many memories flood my mind, examples of the Christian wife, mother, and friend that you were.

Your life touched so many yet you were no famous person, just little ole Josie Mae Cochran from small-town Mississippi.

Your brothers and sisters all share your same strength and love for family which is probably why I love each of them dearly.

How I miss the many visits to your home where you’d sit in your chair and I in mine where I knew I could share my innermost thoughts, desires, wishes, problems, and plans and you would always understand.

How I Granny Hen Rosieregret the times I pushed to the side your wise words of advice, determined to do things my way.

With age comes much wisdom and it can be used for good or not.  You chose to use yours for good, for the good of God’s work and His children.

I learned so much from you mama.  How to cook, how to clean the house, oh the many years I spent growing up cleaning the bottoms of the furniture so maybe one day I’d be big enough to clean the tops!

You taught me to love okra by allowing me to have one for each year I was old which made me feel it was a special treat!  You taught me about loving and caring for others with your many visits to the sick or just bringing a small gift to someone in need.

I never realized when growing up that we were not wealthy like others, my clothes were always clean and you managed to give me the things I needed.  My friends and I always knew that when we entered our house we were entering a house full of love and caring and that came from you, Mama.

I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you are in Heaven watching over us.  Not because of the good person that you were or the good things you did for others.  None of that made you a Christian.  Your love for Jesus Christ and you obviously serving him as your Lord and Savior even unto your death are what makes me know securely that you will meet me in Heaven when my time here on Earth is done.

You taught us the importance of family and created family traditions we will always cherish.  Of all the things I am thankful for it’s that you were always there for my children, Chad and Chip, being there when I couldn’t because of work.

You convinced them that they needed to wear undershirts and even as grown men they still do.

You taught them about Jesus’ love and the importance of Him in our lives.  Chip still tells me things that you taught him and remembers so many ways you affected his life.

As you drew your dying breath our oldest son Chad and his wife was there in our family circle of prayer.

You made it possible for me to work and still know my children were taken care of by the best grandmother around.

Your life wasn’t an easy one especially when you were younger but you never gave up and taught us not to.

I owe you my strength, my sense of humor, my smile, my love for my children and grandchildren, my stubbornness, my intelligence, my determination, and my love for God.

I could write volumes about your simple specialness but I’ve shed many tears while writing this so far and know I need to stop.

Mama, I give you all the thanks in my heart for loving me, my husband and my children like only you could.  The values, morals, family traditions, love, support, and how you spent your time are what make you my precious mama and why I know there will never be another one like you.

Please continue to watch over us and give us a swift kick when you see we’re needing it and a supportive hug when that’s needed as well.

I know that your daughter Harriett, your sons-in-law Roy and George, and all your beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren join me in wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day. You are now joined in Heaven by my dear husband Roy who loved you so. I hope ya’ll are both aware of how much you are missed.

We love you mama.

10.08.13 Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa – 02.07.20 New Field of Dreams

MLB announcedlast week that the White Sox will host the Yankees in a “Field of Dreams” game in August of 2020. The game will take place in the new stadium built next to the iconic field from the movie. There will be 8,000 seats and fans will get to the new park through the cornfields around the original field where the movie was filmed. It seems like this is going to be one game only between the Yankees and the White Sox. I can’t wait to hear more information on this.

Roy and I were there in October of 2013 and LOVED IT!!  We recently ordered two canvas arts showing two great moments we had there. They are now on our living room wall next to our TV. I love that we are decorating the walls of our home with reminders of the precious memories we have from our six years living on the road. We just ordered three canvas arts with pictures we took at the Grand Canyon for our bedroom wall! I’m really looking forward to receiving those!

Back in October of 2013 when we visited Iowa I wrote the blog post below.

The original blog post from 10.08.13 Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa – Both of our sons played baseball and softball growing up,  We had a baseball field in our side yard on Hinson Road, and we loved the movie Field of Dreams.

Betcha can’t guess where we went today!!!! That’s right, to the site of the Field of Dreams movie in Dyersville, Iowa. Roy played some ball with others including an older man dressed in an old-timey baseball uniform like they wore in the movie.

We went into the cornfields and out and in and out. I’m sure we looked like silly children and maybe we were today! It’s all still exactly like it was in the movie with the exception of a souvenir stand they added.

The family who has owned the property for years just sold it and we understand the new owners plan to add more ball fields so I’m glad we got to see it in its original form. The weather was perfect and there was a nice breeze.

Anyone who loves baseball or the movie should try to make it here to see it. The admission is free!

This was a very cool moment for us walking out of the corn!

fod7 (2)Roy absolutely loved having the opportunity to play ball on that field!

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Dora was able to pull right up to the field. I loved this part!fod1  fod3 fod5 fod6

Looking out from inside the rows of corn!fod8 fod9 fod10 fod11We’re on our way to Chicago now. We really loved the beauty and farmland of Iowa. The Mississippi River is the dividing line between Iowa and Illinois. After as much flat land as we saw on the Iowa side, it immediately became hilly and even mountainous on the Illinois side of the river. The Mississippi River here was way bigger than it was at the headwaters up in Itasca, MN but not nearly like it is in New Orleans. There was a pretty beach with a boat launch on the Illinois side of the river. At first, we saw no cornfields but now that we’re further into the state they are everywhere here too. We hope to pull into Chicago before dark. We couldn’t find an RV park that we could afford within 2 hours of Chicago so we’re heading to our old tried but true Wal-Mart. We’ve pulled off the road at a rest stop for Roy to take a little nap since we’re going pretty far today and he did play baseball earlier!  We have some tentative plans for what we’ll do in Chicago so stay tuned for the next installment of our travels!

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Currently, it was one of those times when we were both as happy as two little kids can be. Of all the places I’d love to go back to this is at the top of the list.  I’d want both of our sons’ families to join us. I can just imagine how much fun that would be seeing both boys hitting home runs out into the cornfield! Oh, how much fun our youth baseball time was! If you have a love for baseball this Field of Dreams is a definite on any bucket list!



5.07.15 Day two – headed to Mountain View, Arkansas

10262184_10154465093915010_1182540173180383754_nThursday, May 7, 2015 – Day two of our trip to Mountain View, Arkansas.

Here’s some pictures of yesterday”s drive through Louisiana, Mississippi, back to Louisiana and then up to Arkansas.

Mile after mile of baby corn stalks!
There were at least 500 of these brand new railroad tankers sitting still on the tracts. They must be produced nearby.

20150506_154753 20150506_154811 20150506_162533We spent the night at the McGehee, Arkansas Walmart parking lot.  We’ve learned from reading other people’s blogs that it is best to go inside when you first arrive and ask permission from someone before setting everything up for the night.  The nice lady at this Walmart said sure no problem.  They like you to park as far away from the store as you can (park near the front of the lot).  It was a little too warm to get a good night sleep with no air conditioner but we did the best we could, and just look forward to tonight when we will have full hookups and can 10178093_342910769197092_5000442774910047737_nsleep well.

We ate dinner last evening at a really good Chinese buffet right next to Walmart.  Very good food but since it’s all there for the taking it’s hard to stick to a small portion diet.  I guess a splurge every now and then is okay.  Their green beans were delicious.  Baked in some special sauce, we both got two helpings of those!

We left around 8:30 this morning and took a break for lunch and for Roy to rest up a bit.  The scenery has been pretty much all the same until about an hour ago.  We’ve been taking back highways instead of interstates so we’ve seen more of the local community which is always nice.  In the last little while we’ve noticed some of the regular pine trees we see in Louisiana and also some of the 1925244_10152206234695999_1163848698_nChristmas tree looking pine trees we enjoyed in Minnesota.  There are a lot more hills, with mountains in the distance.

When we originally left on our first journey to Minnesota one of the things we noticed was how the leaves are just starting to bloom on the trees the further north we went.  That same things is happening now.  In Louisiana all the trees leaves have come in and they are very full.  Here they are about half way in.  We left Louisiana in 2013 this same week, a few days earlier!

We arrived this afternoon at Angler’s Holiday Mountain Resort in Mountain View, Arkansas where we’ll stay two weeks.  The mountains surrounding here are really pretty and the resort is as nice as we remembered it to be.  Here’s a couple of pictures of us arriving.  We’ll be staying here at the resort most of tomorrow so I’ll take more pictures of the creek/river and all the beautiful surroundings here!

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05.05.15 Tuesday before Take Off!

why we rvThis blog actually comes before the one I posted earlier.  Sorry for any confusion this causes!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Roy spent the last couple of days putting things away (the BBQ pit, tables, chairs, boots, etc.) so we were just about ready for Wednesday’s departure. Here’s Roy putting the BBQ pit away. The stand folds up and it comes with a cover. Perfect for storage under an RV!

20150428_152006 20150428_152740We left around noon for Roy’s appointment with Dr. Chiasson, our bone and joint doctor, for a shot in his knee. This HOW GREAT THOU ARTshot was hyaluronic acid – a substance that acts as a shock absorber or cushion — is injected into the knee joint. People often refer to these injections as ‘chicken shots’ because the injected fluid is extracted from the combs on the back of chicken’s heads. We found that odd so I wanted to share! He had the shot and now his knee hurts. The steriod shots always helped immediately. These take longer to start working but are suppose to last much longer. Had to get Roy in shape for all the walking we do while traveling!

Next, we drove over to Dr. Greiner’s office, my eye doctor. As a side note, I really dislike the increase in my specialist copayment from $25 to $50 per visit. After a short wait I was called back and did the spiffy little OCT test. Their technology on this test has improved to where I didn’t need my eyes dilated. Yay for not having huge eyeballs for the rest of the evening. I won’t get the results until next week. trust in his timing

Next was getting Boots cleaned at Big Bad Ben’s Carwash. Don’t know if you have one of these in your town but it’s great, especially since Chip gave us a gift card for it!

With Boots all cleaned we went to Lowe’s and Walmart. We picked up a dozen pink roses to give Madisyn after her performance and headed over to dinner with the family. We also managed to fit in time to get Boot’s gas tank filled. We don’t know what the gas price will be going north so we got some cheap Louisiana fuel.

We love China Palace restaurant in Hammond. It has a great buffet and the food is always perfect. They also have pizza, fried fish and shrimp and lots of fruit so we knew Madisyn would eat good. Madisyn’s mommy Liz, daddy Chip, Madisyn, Roy and I ate to our hearts content. Here’s a couple of pictures from our dinner.

Madisyn is in Kindergarten and read all of the words on all our fortune cookie messages!
Chip and Madisyn at China Garden.

We all left in time to get to Madisyn’s End of the School Year Performance at Ponchatoula High School. We were use for madisyn's programworried that Madisyn would get stage fright. She said she had “a lot of stage frightening” in her stomach! We need not have been worried because when those curtains opened “the girl was on it!” There are 8 Kindergarten classes at her school. Her class sang in one song by itself, three songs with two other classes, and all the children sang the last song. During the one song that just her class danced, there was a part for her to dance with a little boy. She’s the girl in the back with a big white bow and a white belt. The video can be seen here: Madisyn’s video

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All 8 classes singing the finale “Zippity Do Da, Zippitya”

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Madisyn and Paw Paw Roy
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Grannie Rosalyn, Madisyn and Paw Paw Roy

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We had so much fun watching her dance. Of course all the children were great but Madisyn was our little darling of the evening! After the performances Roy gave her the bouquet of pink roses and she was so delighted! It was all the perfect way to end our time back in Louisiana. That brings us to the end of a very busy Tuesday!

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5.6.15 We’re back on the road again headed to Arkansas!!!!!!

1085b_5da6Wednesday, May 6, 2015 –  With Dora and Boots all cleaned up, everything that can fall off a shelf or counter in Dora placed in a safe location and new renters all settled in, we left Amite, LA for an unknown length of time10406408_1099871690039104_7692289742405315619_n.

This is a day we sometimes never thought would get here. It has been over a year since we came back to Louisiana to sell our house in Hammond and then to build a new one in Amite.   We’ve been blessed with a lot of visits with family, church family and friends.  I hope ya’ll will keep up with our travels and let us know what’s new in your life through an email at Rosalyn@selu.edu, or a comment here on the blog.   Comments are not published automatically.  I get an email with the message and if I approve the message, it will go on the site.  If you write me something personal I’ll know not to put it out there for every one. You can also choose to follow our blog by clicking on the word “follow” on the right hand side, entering your email address and then responding to the email they will send you to verify you really want to follow.  Every time I publish a new post you’ll get an email from Dora and the Explorers!

1477879_10151989765786704_1116182477_nWe’ll travel as far as we want to today and finish the 470 mile trip to Mountain View, Arkansas on Thursday.   We try not to exceed 250 miles in one day, just so the trip is comfortable and not rushed.  This is going to be a real change for us from sitting in our driveway or side yard.  Kind of like starting our full time RV lifestyle over again.

One thing, other than family and friends, we will miss is our local TV channels.  We are major Channel 6 News fans.  Margaret Orr, Damon Singleton, Randy Rousseau, Scott Walker, etc. have always been our favorites.  We lose reception to those stations when we travel.  Got to look into getting news with them on line.  We stocked up on some southern food that we found are not available elsewhere.

We’ll definitely miss our visits with Madisyn and Chip. they both give us the best hugs, full of love!   I skipped 10423877_906058012744612_2307636227029972965_nyesterday’s blog because we did so much it will take a whole day to write it!  I’ll write it soon. We wanted you to know we’re on the road today and ask for your prayers for safe travels.  We’re up early getting everything ready to travel.  There is a lot to do to unplug this home of ours and prepare for travel on the road.


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05.03.15 Great times during our Last weekend in Louisiana!

mondaySaturday, May 2, 2015 – We had a wonderful visit with my sister Harriett and brother in law George. We haven’t visited like this for a few weeks and it was nice to do it one last time before we leave town.  We even walked up and down our road searching for blackberries.  We got a lot!

I’ve been making smoothies every day with fresh blackberries, yogurt, assorted other fruits and kale.  My friend Susan told me about Kale being so nutritionally great.  It tastes bitter if eaten raw but in a smoothie you don’t taste any bitterness and you get all that nutritional value added to the rest of the smoothie.  I’m trying hard to plump up my brain and hopefully this will add to my other efforts!  Try out the kale in your smoothie, it’s great!

I did more of my RVillage work Saturday before and after our visit with my sister.  I only work weekends so my whole week is free.  I kinda like that!

Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Drove to Hammond to go to church with Chip at Soul’s Harbor Church.  A very interesting love in your heartpreacher, Jonathan Suber, preached today.  He had a lot of good things to say in his message.  One was that we tend to live for the next big thing in our life.  He encouraged us to see the wonderful things that are going on in our life now and thank God for those things.  I may not have said it as well as he did but it really made me stop and think about it.

We then headed to pick Madisyn up in Loranger.  Their church, River Rock, was doing community service at a near by trailer park having a worship service there and a cookout for the trailer park residents.  We got to enjoy some of their delicious cooking and the most amazing large M&M oatmeal cookies.  We came home after that and we all took a two hour nap!  Madisyn was exhausted from a very busy weekend so we took the opportunity of her napping for us to sneak in a nap also!

Trinity’s family picnic was at Camp Living Waters this year.  They have a large in ground pool and a major big super slide.  Madisyn had a blast going down the super slide 12 times and spending some time swimming in the pool.

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This will be us in just one more day!!!!!

We got to have some nice visiting with several church friend and enjoyed hamburgers, French fries, baked beans and dessert.  Madisyn’s mom Liz came to pick her up and we headed home.

Today Monday is a nice quiet, go no where day!  After a very busy last few days this is very welcome!  Our schedule for Tuesday is very busy so we’re really enjoying this peaceful day quite a bit!

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04.30.15 to 05.02.15 Blog catch up

1606912_904740969542983_2116462016312778720_nThursday, April 30, 2015 – The day is just beautiful, as was yesterday.  Cool weather and plenty of sunshine.  After the deluge of rain we got this past week it is a welcome change and a nice way to spend our last few days in Louisiana.  Today’s countdown day is number is six.  That’s six days until we become Dora’s explorers again!  We have reservations in Mountain View, Arkansas for two weeks and will head over to Oklahoma for a week or so.  The states we’ll visit after that are Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.  Not sure where we’ll head after that but that’s the plan for now!

I’m went today to visit my friend Susan Taylor that I’ve asked prayers for.  Please continue to pray for her.  She is now in hospice since her cancer has moved to her brain. There is nothing further they can do so she made the wise decision to bring hospice in so she’ll have the best quality life she can have.  She was having a great day and looked wonderful.  She’s a very strong Christian and has been such an inspiration to all of us during her trials.  Her daughter Julie was also there so I was blessed by visiting with these two outstanding ladies.

After our visit I finally got my hair cut.  It’s a short bob now!!! It’s grown and grown this last year but I wanted it 18697_1428317237483170_7965880918481279577_nshort again before we get on the road again.

A big event today was hearing from Hillary with RVillage that they need me to work for them again.  It’s just a few hours on the weekends but that’s perfect for me.  I’ve got a lot of catching up to do because they’ve expanded the site so much since I worked for them last.  Remember, if you’re an RVer please please check out rvillage.com.  It’s free to join and your RV lifestyle will benefit greatly from being a member!

Friday, May 1, 2015 – Went to see my favorite doctor, Dr. Eric Greiner, my regular eye doctor.  He is at the opposite end of the spectrum from my neurologist.  When he comes in to see me, he 1377049_818114291571312_5866173629546384386_nis so prepared to meet with ME.  He always remembers things about me and even if it just came from reviewing my chart quickly before he came in that’s fine.  At least he walks in the room ready to address my needs.  The retina specialist eye doctor I saw in Baton Rouge sent him a note that my pressure was high and they called me to come in before we left town.  That’s why I was there.  While my pressures were okay today he said it’s been 5 years since I had an OCT so I need another one before leaving town.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye.

He also told me that if anything happens while I’m on the road, to let him know and he will hook me up with someone around me that can take care of me.  Dr. Naguchi in Baton Rouge said the same thing so I’m very confident about getting care for my eyes while we’re gone.  It’s wonderful to have doctors who are willing to work with our lifestyle.  After my not good doctor experience a couple of weeks ago it was a healing time for me to spend time in the presence of a doctor who cares.  I really had not expected to be seeing him before we left but I’m very glad I did.

Our new renters have started moving into their new home!  Happy Dancing going on in the Chauvin RV!!!

Had some RVillage training with Hillary and Roy and I set out to do our periodical Sam’s shopping.  Went in thinking 1559840_10203090630734763_294273035_nwe’d spend $100, came out spending over $300.  We’re stocked up really good for a while and even found place to store it all, though we are bulging at the seams!

Saturday, May 2, 2015 – I started my RVillage work and like previously it is fun work.  I’m thankful that my working helps the full timers not have to stay connected to the website on the weekends giving them some free time.  They all have put in 1000% since last year when the site went online.

My sister and brother in law are coming to visit in about an hour so I’d better get busy with straightening up this place!  It’s gotten hotter the last couple of days which makes it so perfect that we’ll be heading north to cooler temperatures in only 3 days!!!!

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04.27.15 Trinity’s Women Singing Praise, and excerpts from Singing Loud in Church!

Monday, April 27, 2015 – We’re in count down mode now!  Not including today, we have nine days until we get back on the road!

sing praiseYesterday, Sunday, was Women’s Day at our home church Trinity Baptist.  Our church’s tradition is that on Women’s Day the whole choir is women and I got to sing in it!  I love singing in the choir and don’t get to do it regularly any longer because of my asthma.

We practiced before church and I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to be singing with all these omen I love and have known forever.  That’s the song we sang too, Forever!  It’s by Chris Tomlin. Below is a picture of us ladies singing praises to our God!

 womens choir Here’s the words from the beginning of the song.

Give thanks to the Lord our God and King
His love endures forever
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His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
With a mighty hand and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that’s been reborn
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise,
sing praise, sing praise
Forever God is faithful
forever God is strong
Forever God is with us

hqdefaultMy beautiful friend Barbara Davis lead the choir in this song and the congregation in other hymns we sang.  Here she is singing a solo called the Compassion Hymn.  As a little side note:  If you read our blog post about trying to buy an RV in Conroe, TX in 2012, Barbara is the wonderful banker I talked about who helped us know something was wrong!  Wow, an excellent banker and she has the voice of an angel!

barbara croppedI’ve always loved hearing Barbara sing and was so happy she shared with us like she did on Sunday.  Ashley Traylor Louviere, whom I love to hear sing also, sang the solo part in Forever. What a true blessing it was for me to hear both of these ladies worship their Lord through song.  Ashley’s daughter Landry is the little girl standing on a chair in the front row!

colorful-music-notes-wallpaper-Vector_music_0000020An article I read the other day was titled  Why You Need to Sing Loudly in Church by Keith Getty.  I want to share two excerpts from that article since the wording about this subject paralleled my feelings about singing in church so well.

Here are just five of the many reasons we should all sing passionately in church this Sunday:

1. We are commanded to sing.

We are called to sing — indeed, the Scriptures command us more than 250 times to sing. It’s hardly one of those “controversial” issues that is hard to ascertain precisely what scripture is saying. It’s not a choice. It’s not dependent on “feeling like it.” It’s not our prerogative.

Throughout biblical history, in every place and circumstance — in victory and defeat, in celebrations and festivals, in death and mourning — singing was second nature for people of faith. Indeed, the largest book of the Bible — Psalms — is itself a songbook that explores the range of human experience and interaction with God through singing.

In the New Testament, Paul tells the early churches to get together and sing. In Ephesians 5, he reiterates the call of old to engage with each other in the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, making music from the heart.

5. Singing bears testimony to our faith.

How we sing, if we sing, how passionately we sing — our singing itself — is a witness to those looking on. There is no choice in the matter. In the level of our engagement with the songs and participation in the singing, we testify to the joy of an excited believer or betray the chill of a disinterested spectator.

In the New Testament, we read of Christians gathered together who so passionately expressed their faith together in song that the people looking on thought them to be drunk because that was the only explanation for their uniformed experience.

Ultimately, those who may feel they are on the outside looking in will, from the deepest part of themselves, respond to authentic and passionate singing to discover the truth held in the God songs we sing.

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As we head to church on Sunday — as overworked dads, stressed out mums, grandparents struggling with health, and young people looking for wealth — we can, with integrity and relief, go with repentance and thanksgiving to the One who has created us, forgiven us and who lives within us. How can we not sing?

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04.26.15 Sleep Apnea Testing 101

sunday 11Welcome to Sleep Apnea testing 101! If you’ve never had a sleep apnea test, here’s the skinny on it!

I had my five year sleep apnea re-testing Friday night and have written about it below the information from the hospital that follows. If you’ve never had a sleep apnea test (or sleep study) I hope to take some of the mystery out of it for you. Here’s how important it is. I didn’t take action when my husband told me, at least a year before I had my first sleep apnea test, that I was periodically not breathing (for up to 45 seconds) throughout the night. Because of my putting off getting tested, and also my not regularly using my CPAP once I got the machine, I had multiple TIAs during the nights causing several lesions in my brain where information can’t pass through now. When oxygen is not getting to your brain while you sleep, multiple problems can happen WHICH COULD BE AVOIDED.


Avazak.ir-Line28The following is information from our local hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center telling you some about what they do.

North Oaks Sleep Disorders Center provides clinical services and treatments for patients who may show symptoms of a sleep disorder. The Center’s sleep evaluations are designed to:

  • Diagnose sleep disorders
  • Assess and discuss treatment options for sleep disorders.

Each one of our four soundproof, hotel-style bedrooms has an adjustable, queen-sized bed, recliner and a private, full bathroom. Your bedroom is furnished with a ceiling fan, night lights, a thermostat for you to control room air temperature and a television with a DVD/VCR player.

What Is A Sleep Study?

You may need a sleep study, or polysomnogram, which measures your bodily functions during sleep, to determine if you have a sleep disorder.

What is a Sleep Disorder?

If problems sleeping regularly interfere with your daily life, you may have a sleep disorder. Most common sleep disorders can be treated if correctly diagnosed. The most common signs of a sleep disorders include:

  • daytime sleepiness
  • trouble falling asleep
  • heavy snoring
  • uneven breathing
  • morning headaches
  • night time chest pains
  • heavy use of sleeping pills
  • waking up a lot during the night.

Avazak.ir-Line28SLEEP APNEAIf your spouse is telling you that you snore loudly or you stop breathing throughout the night or you are really tired during the day you may have sleep apnea. If you are noticing these things with your loved one, get them to their doctor to have a sleep study done ASAP. I’m no specialist but I personally have had sleep apnea for a while. I’ve learned enough to know how important it is that you get tested as soon as possible.

This past Friday evening I arrived at the sleep lab around 8 pm with my pillow and sleeping gown. The staff member who buzzed me in was the same person who did my original sleep study five years ago. His name is Nick. He showed me the room I’d be sleeping in. Here’s pictures of it.


20150424_203008There are four separate sleeping rooms there, all sound proof and comfortable. There are cameras on the wall monitoring everything. Nick asked me to fill out some papers – a Sleep Questionnaire. I changed into my gown and followed Nick to sensorsanother smaller room where wires galore were all laid out.

Here he put patches connected to wires all over my face, scalp, neck and legs. There is also a little wire with a monitor up my nose (like they use when they give you oxygen in the hospital). HOWEVER, it did not feel like all that was on me. I didn’t feel anything in my scalp, legs, face or nose and it didn’t stop me from sleeping. I almost included an actual picture of me all picked up like the dummy on the left but it may have gotten burned into your brain and I’d rather you not live forever thinking I ever looked like that!

I went back to the bedroom and crawled into bed. From his monitoring room, Nick spoke to me through a speaker on the wall of the bedroom. He calibrated the sensors by having me look up and down, look sideways, blink my eyes, move my feet a certain way, make a snoring sound and some other things. Then he told me good night and that was that.

I won’t give details of my specific nights experiences because everyone’s is different. Generally, once you’ve slept enough time for them to see and hear what they need to (about half the night) they wake you up and if the first part of the night indicates you need a CPAP they will put one on you to wear the rest of the night. After all those hours of the sleep study they’ve gathered a lot of information. They wake you up, you get unplugged, dressed in your regular clothes and home you go.

You want to make this as normal experience as possible, so bring with you whatever you have with you when you go to sleep normally. I always wear ear plugs, so I brought them. I always read for a while before going to sleep so I brought my Kindle. I drink water during the night so I brought my cup and they gave me water. Having my own pillow helped me feel like I was at home. Whatever you need, bring it. They do not care, so bring it.

About a week from now my primary care physician will get the sleep center’s report. My CPAP will be recalibrated with the amount of air they determine I now need. Right now I’m at a 7. Can’t wait to see what my new number is!

I hope I’ve gotten across the message that this is serious. It’s not just loud snoring, it can be causing a serious medical condition. DO IT! I know I showed this graphic above but it’s so important I’m showing it again.

SleepApnea_chartIf you have any questions that I can answer from my experience, let me know!

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