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Busy Betty

I was standing in line at a hospital cafeteria last week during Spring Break when I overheard a couple of nurses ahead of me in line talking. They were a few customers ahead of me. I wasn’t …

  Q: My doctor wants me to start taking a particular medication once a week to strengthen my bones. How long do I have to take it? Our bones can lose strength as we age, making them thinner …

When it is unsafe for children

Currently on the desk of Governor Inslee is SB5599 which will allow shelters to keep runaway children seeking an abortion or gender reassignment surgery. Moreover, in cases such as this, juvenile …

How to take an iron supplement

Seventy-eight-year-old Mabel became anemic after being hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer. She was discharged home on medicine to heal her ulcer, plus an iron supplement. Three months later, …

Division of Labor

Over the weekend a water leak sprang out in the closet where the water heater is housed over a round plastic water collection tray with three-inch-high sides setting over the beautiful oak hardwood …

Nurse’s Aide

I went to Easter Sunday Service at a beautiful little old church; the windows were stained glass; the domed cathedral ceiling was polished wood; the lights were long lanky cylinder chandeliers, and …

Q: There's a sticker on my prescription bottle that says not to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice with it. I love grapefruit. Is it okay to have grapefruit juice for breakfast and take my …

Routines, Habits, Stability and Value

I’m officially an empty nester now. Sonny has moved out to take a job close to Caren and Jake and has taken a room at their house. I’m on my own, well kind of on my own. I’m living …

Over the past decade, water shortages have become increasingly common, triggering limits to the availability of fresh water, especially in the Southwestern U.S. and California. In hot weather, lawns …

Little Black Lamb

Spent the weekend with Jake, Caren their two roommates and the five dogs. Jake’s been looking for a church for a while and it just so happened they decided on a church to visit while Sonny and …

Q: Why are nicotinamide, niacinamide, niacin and nicotinic acid names for the same thing, vitamin B3? It’s confusing How did one vitamin get so many names? Vitamin B3 is two closely …

Mack Truck Holes

I was making Ruben sandwiches for Grandma, Grandpa, and I this week. As I sliced up the Swiss cheese the holes reminded me of an old saying Grandma Lydia uses every now and then… She says, …

Q: My medicine is upsetting my stomach. What can I do about that? You are not alone. The most common side effects of medications are stomach irritation or gastritis. Gastritis describes any of …

Foggy Road

I was in the driver’s seat heading down the road with Grandpa Truman on the passenger’s side of the car when he noticed the dense fog overhead. He said, “If that fog settled, …

Q: After my knee replacement surgery, my surgeon recommended I take a stool softener for a couple of weeks to prevent constipation from my pain medicine. How does that work? Many surgeons advise …

Egg Noodles

Our oldest child keeps chickens, and she brought a dozen home to Grandma and me. Grandma has been having a bit of a time eating lately so I decided to make a batch of chicken and noodles for dinner. …

If you have heart disease or diabetes in addition to elevated “bad” cholesterol, taking a "statin" medicine, like atorvastatin or simvastatin, can reduce your risk of a heart …

Emergency Water

Well, it happened. After the windstorm took out the electricity; the light in the well house didn’t come back on when the electricity came back on line; the most vulnerable pipe on the place …

In the United States, help for a poisoning emergency is a toll-free phone call away. In 2021, someone in the United States called a Poison Control center every 15 seconds. In 2021, 55 U.S. Poison …

True Intent

Playing on my phone setting in the passenger seat as Grandpa drove, I heard Grandpa say, “That truck says he’s turning…” His tone was hopeful and dubious at the same time …

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