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Last month, I received a letter in the mail from my local gastroenterology clinic, reminding me I was due for a screening colonoscopy and to please call them at my earliest convenience. When I called, the scheduler asked me to call back again in a few weeks, when they hoped to resume scheduling non...
Last month, at age 71, Diane had 3 stents placed into her heart. As I looked over her medication list, I asked her, “Any medication changes?” “My heart doctor changed my lisinopril to another medicine. Oh, and I’m not taking those big potassium pills anymore.” “Hmm… Here’s the record of your visit...
I recently read an article about a woman who died, and in it, they made all these conclusions about her from what she posted on her social media accounts. This got me thinking if I were to suddenly pass away, what would people’s opinion be based on what I post? Is what someone posts on their social...
Have you ever gone to bed and, just as you were falling asleep, a task left undone jumped out at you? It was over 20 years ago, but I still remember it because of what happened afterward. I had forgotten to take the last dose of an antibiotic given to me to prevent infection after an outpatient...
Football fans and advertisers look forward to the Super Bowl, held every year in early February. Because of the NFL’s expanded, 17-game, 18-week schedule, it is scheduled for the second Sunday in February, February 13th, at SoFi stadium in Los Angeles. Several weekends of playoff games lie ahead,...
The American Red Cross Northwest Region needs your help in 2022 and asks that you consider making a meaningful personal goal to become a volunteer. Resolve to Volunteer! Locally, 1,800 people volunteer with the Red Cross. These local volunteers are part of the almost 300,000 people across the...
Death always takes us by surprise. Of course, we all know that death comes for every person, but when it does come to those we know and love, the news hits us suddenly, and we are in a state of shock right before we are overcome with grief. It is no surprise that I am well acquainted with death as...
Last month, my husband came home, complaining, “I can’t find Nyquil® at the store. They’ve got everything except plain Nyquil® on the shelf. There’s Nyquil® this and Nyquil® that. I just want the stuff I’ve always used!” My hairdresser grumbled, “I went to the grocery to get some Theraflu®, but did...
The year 2021 is coming to a close. It’s time to share the remedies I’ve found most helpful this year. 1. Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) PLUS ibuprofen (Advil®). Taking acetaminophen and ibuprofen AT THE SAME TIME seems to boost the pain relieving effect of each. I love how adding acetaminophen seems to...
No, not really. Applying Bag Balm® to a fungal infection might help it keep from spreading, but it’s far more likely to make it WORSE. Most organisms grow better when placed in specific conditions that help them thrive. Most plants grow faster when planted in areas that receive many hours of direct...

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