Spotlighting sleep professionals joining with us in this cross-country mission; shining a light on the importance of sleep.
From north-central Florida, all the way west to El Paso TX…we’ve had sleep on our minds. Not that we were sleepy, or even drowsy from traveling 1,670+ miles in two weeks…far from it!
The Dreams With Hope Sleep Awareness Tour has taken us to hundreds of towns and cities during these past 5½ months; traveling from Michigan, out east, down south, and now heading across the southwestern states. At every stop we’ve encountered good people. From sleep apnea patients, doctors and therapists, to everyday folks in campgrounds, stores and truck stops…what a privilege it has been to educate about RemZzzs®…a simple yet effective solution that improves the success rate of CPAP users!
Leesburg is a small north-central Florida town situated near The Villages, an area teaming with retirees fondly referred to as “Snow Birds.” This is a place where golf carts out-number the cars. Driving around town in our big Dream Machine…we felt, well….EXTRA BIG! Michelle, a Respiratory Therapist at Lincare, invited us to participate in her CPAP clinic, also giving an informal RemZzzs® Inservice. We had a great time getting to know Michelle, whose style is a combination of tough & tender; jokingly called “Bat Girl” because when she finds a patient NOT following her CPAP instructions, she will say, “Don’t make me take my bat out!” They all love her.
Houston, Texas is a busy, busy city with miles of criss-crossing highways and bridges. We found that many parking lots are several feet higher than the roads, with very steep driveways, presenting a problem for maneuvering our bus. Leaving it at the RV Park we drove in by car instead….where there’s a will there’s a way! Baylor College of Medicine & SleepMed Therapy co-host 2 CPAP clinics weekly and Bob was able to demonstrate RemZzzs® to patients and also do an In-service with the sleep Techs & RTs on hand that day from 2 area DMEs:
SleepMed Therapy (Trung T, RT) and Brite HealthCare (John T, RT). Interestingly, these two men are brothers and both RT’s, working for different medical supply Companies. A little bit of friendly competition is healthy!
Dr. Fidaa Shaib, sleep doctor at BCM Sleep Center, often recommends that her patients try RemZzzs®. Lisa Z, (RT and scheduler) and Michael R, (Sleep Tech) at BCM, contributed to the success of the clinic.
Dallas, Texas. Known for “JR Ewing”, Dallas Cowboys, and the site of John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination. I imagine that today’s Dallas looks far different than back in the 1960′s; finding it a challenge to locate the exact spot where President Kennedy’s motorcade traveled that fateful day in November 1963. But find it we did; the road being marked with an X.
Texas Medical Diagnostics is a company with many diagnostics & Sleep Centers dedicated to treating the patient as a whole. Stacey A-S, (RPSGT, RST, EMT-B and COO of the company) contacted our office previously to request samples. Wendy G, (President/Owner) met Bob at the Nashville FOCUS meeting a few months ago and happened to be in the Fort Worth corporate office…heading back tomorrow to Florida. Bob spent an hour talking with Wendy, demonstrating RemZzzs® to her and Stacy, Melanie and Karen (sales reps). When Dave Talmage (our Materials Manger & Show Specialist) is in Dallas for an upcoming Show, he will hold an In-service for their staff.
El Paso, Texas has a unique flavor because of its close proximity to Mexico just across the Rio Grande River, and its multicultural population. We found the mountains and landscape to be desolate yet starkly beautiful with shifting hues of purple, grey and rust-brown. The people in El Paso were very friendly, interested in the Dreams With Hope Tour and open to learning about RemZzzs.®
Joe Campbell, Administrator of the El Paso Sleep Centers invited us to stop-off on the Tour; in-servicing staff at two separate state-of-the-art locations housing 26 sleep study beds! Joe Arteaga (RPsgT and CPFT) admitted walking past the RemZzzs® Booth at last summer’s Boston Sleep Show, thinking that the liners didn’t deserve a second look. However, after seeing RemZzzs® demonstrated and hearing Bob explain the many benefits for patients, Joe said, “I think you are doing the right thing by coming to the people. Now that I’ve seen these in person it makes sense!” Steve Fierro, from Dreams Medical Equipment, works closely with the El Paso Sleep Centers. We enjoyed showing Steve inside our living quarters of the Dream Machine; sitting down and sharing our story of struggle and breakthrough when Bob developed the mask liners.