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I :d the palm beach post Tuesday, march 31. 1998 Liz Smith Not all nursing' homes are good Late customers irk retail clerk Dear Abby: My husband and I are newly married and have been working for a large, well-known retail store for several years. When a store posts its hours on the front door, there is no excuse for a customer to waltz in three minutes before closing time Treat Barrett's like heartburn Dear Dr. Donohue: I'm asking you to explain Barrett's metaplasia. I take Zantac. Should I be on a stringent diet? Two scopes show the changes still there. Will I ever get rid of this condition? A.Z. Answer: Barrett's metaplasia is a change in cells lining the lower part of the ear Ann Landers: I find it difficult to believe that I anyone as knowledgeable as you could possess ' i;i iWmatinn ahout the lax enforcement of nursing home regulations and the poor care that results. If vnn receive material from Texas transplants relive memories mm HERE IS no law west of the Pecos," I they said of Texas back in the 1880s. B Now since so many Texans have moved . to New York, there is no law east of the Pecos, nther. . . -The other day my old pal Robert Benton, the novie director and screenwriter from Waxahachee, ind I were having a catch-up lunch. We were esophagus. Almost always, blame can be placed on heartburn, the reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus. I nrriallv treatment SUD- I the American Association of Retired Persons, I hope you will check out the December 1997 issue of its bulletin, which states, "Malnutrition Weakens Residents of Some U.S. Nursing Homes." That article will surely open your eyes. Having worked in several nursing homes as an R.N., I can personally attest to the fact that and expect to shop the entire store. Even if no hours are posted, one can assume that the doors will be closing at 9 p.m. This is standard for retail stores. (Holidays and weekends may vary.) Almost every night people stroll in three to five minutes before closing time. We will approach them and ask, "Is there anything I can help you find?" Invariably they say, "No, talking about nis new muvic, Twilight, starring Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene r 1 I J t Clr J f -w A I iV ."T presses production of stomach f NhKh, acid and heartburn- Zantac is - 1 1 one of many drugs that can be Ann Landers U a Hackmanana Jim uemici..?- M- VI way, Bob and I decided to hold a r,; nf some New Yorkers Dear Abby Abigail Van Buren Your Health Dr. Paul Donahue used for that purpose. A stringent diet isn't necessary. However keeping at arm's lpncrth from caffeine, mints, fat from Texas and see how we'd all fared through the years. That's why a gang of us were at Mortimer's eating caviar on corncakes with creme fraiche (so Texas!) and corned beef and kkoiw the dav after St. Benton ty foods, chocolate, orange juice and alcohol is advisable. Treatment often does not return the lining cells to their original state, but it does keep matters from getting worse. . . The ominous aspect of Barrett's metaplasia is the chance that the altered cells could become cancerous. That's the reason for repeat scope examinations of the esophagus. Should suspicious changes be seen, there are a number of ways to attack the problem. One is photodynamic therapy. A drug sensitizes Barrett's cells to low-intensity light. After taking the drug, a scope with a light source is threaded down the esophagus to destroy the cells. There are many other treatment options, but I'm jumping the gun. You don't need any treatment other than that which you have been given. Dear Dr. Donohue: I am 76 and physically active. I jog and lift weights. Recently I had a blood work-up at a lab. They circled the fact that I had a "sedimentation rate" of tOUUHp J Patrick's. The table was decorated with two Texas state troopers as sharpshooters. When you turned on a switch, they'd crawl across the table firing sparks at each other. These were a gift from the former governor of Texas, Ann Richards. The table was graced by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt of The Fantasticks fame . . . Bill Yates, a cartoonist for King Features Syndicate . . . Judith and Bill Moyers of PBS fame ... and our visiting fireman, the great Texas editorialist Molly Ivins. Dan Rather was coming but was detained by a breaking news story. He missed a riotous good time. We would make these Texans-in-New York events a regular feature of our lives, but we don t want to shatter the fragile bedrock of Manhattan by tausing any earthquakes. Today's birthdays: Actor Richard Kiley is 76. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 70. Actress Shirley Jones is 64. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 64. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 63. Musician Herb Alpert is 63. Actor Christopher Walken is 55. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 53. Vice President Al Gore is 50. Actress Rhea Perlman is 50. Actor Ewan McGregor is 27. THE L0CKH0RNS bunny hoest and john reiner w many are hellholes oi negieci, abuse, thievery and under-staffing. Granted, there are some very fine homes that give quality care, but they are costly and out of the reach of the average family Please stop painting such a rosy picture of nursing homes, like the one in Omaha you praised. Warn your readers that they need to be very selective. Urge them to thoroughly investigate any facilities ithey are considering for themselves or a loved one. They will pay a dear price for failing to do so. God help them if they are without a voice or a choice. Rather Be Dead In Michigan Dear Michigan: I appreciate your writing. Your letter is sure to wake up and shake up several thousand nursing-home employees around the globe, as well as family members who have loved ones in such places. People who are not satisfied with the quality of care in a specific nursing home should contact their state department on aging for help and information. Dear Ann Landers: About seven years ago, my husband and I made the biggest mistake of our lives. Our daughter was going through a nasty divorce, and we let her move back into our home with her three children. "Maxine" seems to have no intention of moving out. My husband and I are on Social Security and have no other source of income. We are also in poor health, and the cost of prescription drugs is astronomical. Maxine brings nothing into the house even though she has a very good job. We furnish everything food, utilities, furniture, phone and so on. She has never offered to contribute anything. I am afraid of Maxine because she has a violent temper. I asked her to help out once and thought she was going to hit me. I am fed up, Ann. How can I tell her either to help with some bills or to move out? I am looking to you for some answers. Don't fail me. Sad Mother in the South Dear Sad Mother Be specific. Hand Maxine the utility bill and the phone bill. Tell her she is going to pay them from now on, as well as half the grocery bill. Read the riot act to the grandchildren. No more back talk or messy rooms. These kids need discipline, and they're not getting it from their mother. thanks. I'm just looking." (On rare occasions, a considerate customer will say, "Oh, thank you, I'll come back tomorrow.") How I wish I could say, "You may have nothing to do and nowhere to go, but most of us clerks have families waiting for us at home, sometimes a hot dinner cooling on the table, or a child waiting for a goodnight kiss. We're tired and want to get out of the store. Please give us a break." Anonymous, Naturally Dear Anonymous: Some stores have public address systems over which they announce that the store will be closing in 15 minutes, and it's the policy in others to flash the overhead lights to signal closing time. In others, clerks are allowed to approach the late customer and say, "We are closing in three minutes. May I help you find something?" Dear Abby: This is in response to the letter about using closed military bases for vocational schools. I'm not criticizing the idea, but I am criticizing the writer's misconception of vocational school students. I was offended at his statement that those of us who attend these schools are disadvantaged kids who are not college material. I am a girl completing 10th grade at a vocational-technical high school in Delaware. Students must achieve a certain grade point average and fill out an application even to be accepted into this school. If they get into any trouble or don't keep up their grades, they are removed from the school. Furthermore, 60 percent of the students here go on to college after graduation. Abby, people need to change their views about vocational schools. I speak for many of us students when I say that we are not "disadvantaged" and we are, indeed, "college material." Honor Student Attending Vocational School In Delaware Dear Honor Student: Thank you for righting this misconception. You are living proof that vocational students can be college material. ffimoest aot com What causes sediment in one's blood? What does this condition do? How does one correct such a condition? S.K. Answer: Your sedimentation rate is fine. For women younger than 50, a sedimentation rate of 0 to 20 is normal. Older than 50, a rate of 0 to 30 is acceptable. The corresponding numbers for men are: 0 to 15 and 0 to 20. The test's name apparently confused you. There is no sediment in your blood. Rather, the test measures the distance blood drops in a calibrated tube. High sedimentation rates indicate infection, inflammation or cancer could be brewing somewhere in the body. It's not a very specific test. It does not give a clue what's wrong. It can indicate only that something might be wrong. Write to Dr. Donohue in care of The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. K. -'II f )l r S .11 MH K. liTWI rf Ann Landers appears daily. Write to her in care . of The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West;! Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. Dear Abby appears daily. Write to her in care of The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4700. 'IT'S ABOUT 1991, W92 AND 1993." by JOYCE JILLSON Horoscope Take COMFORT in TRANE for the next 10 YEARS. G U ARANTEED. iyT- , i 'JV; The Free 10 vear Parts and labor warranty is our way of ir'f confirming the extraordinary MB&b4 lflll- durability and reliability of 'm- f ib..-rp. Trane products. Avoid talking intimately this afternoon unless you want the whole world to know. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The power to change is inside you. You are stronger than you think. Double-check facts and figures. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Possessiveness on your part could blow a relationship with someone you care for. Spending more time alone is lucky. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Getting your fair share in a matter involving family members could prove more difficult than dealing with strangers. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20). You could suddenly be offered a position in a glamorous field. Someone who's attracted to you may get a distorted picture of your life from a person who's jealous of you. Cancer (June 22-July 22). Keeping your nose to the grindstone could be the only way to complete a project on time. A Capricorn helps you make sound financial choices. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22). Pulling your own weight with someone who's difficult to please could take more from you than you think. Keep an eye on your valuables tonight. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People who are anxious to advise you on money matters may be trying to advance their own interests at your expense. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You are reunited with someone dear. As for the one who is overselling your talents and achievements let him or her! Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Don't wait for an opportunity to put your foot down just do it! If today is your birthday: Your services are in demand this year, and you can start asking for your dream price. Next month, focus your attention on making a difference in your immediate surroundings. Aries (March 21-Aprll 19). It is best to stay out of a domestic situation; let others work out their problems on their own. Don't hold back on creative concepts someone else will take the credit if you don't! .Taurus (April 20-May 20). Factors work to your advantage in a business deal you've had second thoughts about. Hold out until all details have been revealed. Gemini (May 21-June 21). Acquaintances could make strange references to people you've known in the past. Refrain from impulsive comments until you know the whole story. With the new Florida Comfort System, you can enjoy efficiency ratings to 18.0 the World's Highest as well as four times more humidity removal. by FRANK STEWART Sheinwold's bridge When you own a new Florida Comfort System, you get it all: superior comfort, energy savings and the peace of mind that comes with a Free 10 year parts and labor warranty. North dealer N-S vulnerable NORTH 10653 7AKQJ2 OQ K54 'Tested Combination Feb 97 ARI TRAIIE EAST A2 71053 O1075 AQ972 WEST QJ 7976 OK9864 1083 In China vs. United States at the 1997 World Teams, both East-West pairs found the defense to defeat a game that looked impregnable. Zia Mahmood, sitting West for the U.S., started with the eight of clubs. A club was by no means an obvious lead: Since North had suggested a powerful hand and a long heart suit, I'd have been tempted to try the most aggressive lead possible a diamond. Declarer played low from dummy, and East, Michael Rosenberg, took the queen and ace. Zia followed with the three, and Rosenberg led a third club, expecting him to ruff. Instead Zia followed with the 10, and the king won, but when dummy led a trump next, Rosenberg dashed up with the ace and led a fourth club. Whether South ll Hard Tn Slap A Trane. S r parikiiHiimg dealers for details. Offer not available to builders. Prior sales excluded. Offer expires May .?. im fZzh You may be eligible for rebates from FPL ruffed low or high, Zia would score the queen of trumps for the setting trick. Zia-Rosenberg must have thought they had gained points, but when the deal was played at the other table, China's East-West beat four spades in almost exactly the same way. DAILY QUESTION You hold:QJ V9 76 4 K9 8 6 4 10 8 3. 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