The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 28, 1986 · Page 6
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Living Today The Salina Journal Tuesday, January 28,1986 Page 6 Few emergency room visits urgent Club calendar ByJANEE.BRODY N. Y. Times News Service NEW YORK - Your back has been bothering you for days, but tonight it hurts much more than ever before. You've already had aspirin, a hot bath and a shot of brandy, but after three pain-filled hours in bed, you're still awake and the pain, if anything, seems worse. Should you: A. Get yourself to the nearest hospital emergency room? B. Call your doctor's answering service? C. Try to tough it out and call your doctor first thing in the morning? Assuming you can tolerate the pain, C is likely to be the best course of action. Only if the pain seems unbearable would B or A Personal health make any sense. But let us assume for the moment you chose A. What is likely to happen at the hospital? First, you will be subject to the vagaries of medical attention given in emergency rooms that, from hospital to hospital, vary enormously in the quality of care they dispense. Some hospital emergency facilities are understaffed and badly run; mistakes may be made that would not occur in a nonemergency setting. If the facility you enter is in a busy hospital, you will probably be in for a long wait while doctors and nurses care for life-threatening emergencies. You'll most likely be seen ahead of those with bad colds and sore throats, but you'll certainly come after the restaurant cook who nearly severed his finger, the child with fever-induced convulsions, the teen-ager who took an overdose of tranquilizers, the accident victim with a head wound and the middle-aged man with chest pains. At last, you're taken into an examining room. The resident in charge orders X-rays, which Legitimate warning signs NEW YORK - The American College of Emergency Physicians, whose studies indicate three-fourths of the public underestimates the severity of some medical problems, says the following warning signs warrant emergency medical attention even though they do not always indicate a serious problem. • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure. • Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath. • Fainting or feeling faint. • Dizziness, sudden weakness or a severe change in vision. • Sudden severe pain anywhere in the body. • Severe or persistent vomiting. • Suicidal or homidical feelings. reveal nothing. There is no orthopedic surgeon on duty at 2 a.m. and the one on call doesn't consider your case enough of an emergency to warrant coming in. But without a diagnosis, you're not likely to be given any medication, not even Valium to help you sleep. Then, you're presented with a bill for $210 — $150 for the X-rays and $60 for just being there. Chances are, you will rant and rave about the incompetence of hospitals, not to mention how they take advantage of innocent patients, when in fact going to the emergency room was your mistake to begin with. Traditional hospital emergency rooms are for just that, emergencies — life-threatening injuries, poisonings, sudden cardiac or breathing problems, sudden unexplained severe pain, uncontrollably high fever, loss of consciousness and the like. But during the last two decades, millions of Americans have come to regard their local emergency rooms as substitutes for the family physician. Studies indicate that nearly 90 percent of patients seen in emergency rooms today have no urgent medical problem. In a 1980 study of 10,253 emergency-room visits at 24 hospitals around the country, 12 percent of the patients required immediate care, 55 percent had urgent problems needing attention within one to 12 hours and the remaining 33 percent could and should have been seen elsewhere. Such patients crowd emergency rooms needlessly, distract staff members from more serious problems and possibly jeopardize their own health in the process. There are many reasons for this. People are far more mobile than in the past and often find themselves living in or visiting a city where they have no personal physician. Few physicians now make house calls or see patients outside of office hours. Pre-existing health problems have a way of flaring up at night or on weekends and holidays. Doctor-patient relationships are far more impersonal today, and patients are reluctant to bother their busy doctors during off hours. Patients often have difficulty distinguishing between true emergencies and problems that can wait until morning. And, despite the delays, it often seems easier and more convenient to just walk into a nearby medical facility than to make an appointment with a doctor, whose office may be 30 or more minutes away. Wednesday Parents Without Partners Inc., 6:30 p.m. crafts for children, C. Frazier, 2048 Wesley. Call 827-5622 or 827-2019 to reserve supplies. Jolly Mixers Club, 8:30 p.m. dance to music of "Country Playboys," Friendship Center, 746 Commanche. Members and guests welcome. TOPS, Kan., 645: 9 a.m. meeting, VFW Building. New members are welcome. Caring and Sharing Al-Anon Group, 8 p.m. meeting, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Max and Norton. For more information, call 8274433. Parents' Support Group, using the TOUGHLOVE philosophy, 7:30 p.m. meeting, white house behind Trade Winds Motel, 1700 N. Ninth. Salina Flight Civil Air Patrol, 7:30 p.m. meeting, 2719 Hein Road. New members and guests welcome. Civil Air Patrol, Kansas Wing Staff (XR), 7 p.m. meeting, Christ- Episcopal Cathedral, 138 S. Eighth. (Basement of Sunday School building.) New Beginnings Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, 12:05 p.m. meeting, 205 E. South. New Beginnings Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. meeting, 205 E. South. Acceptance Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. meeting, 202% E. Iron. Serenity Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. meeting, Max and Norton. Baby named A boy, Martin Christopher, was born Jan. 19 to David and Erin Hughes of Beloit. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Art Hughes of Salina and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell McGinnis of Hays. Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Johnson of Salina, and Rose Staab and Frances McGinnis, both of Hays. Three categories in cake decorating contest Wednesday is the 125th birthday of Kansas, and Salinans are planning a 7 to 9 p.m. Kansas Day celebration in the lobby of the Bicentennial Center. Part of the entertainment is to be a cake decorating contest. A total of $125 in prize money will be awarded in three categories: • Amateurs under the age of 18. • Amateurs over 18. • Professional cake decorators. Cakes must be decorated with a Kanas theme and brought to the Bicentennial Center by 4 p.m. Wednesday. (Non-returnable plates or boards are requested.) Awards include first, second and third place in all three categories. Cake will be served to all who attend the observance. A program is to begin at 7:30 p.m. A historical reading, singing and historical displays are planned. Decorative coffee cans store rolls of tissue Greenwich calls time out; atomic docks too expensive Dear Heloise: Here's how we store extra toilet tissue. My husband cut the bottoms out of empty two-pound coffee cans, taped them together and then covered them with adhesive-backed decorator paper and glued ribbons on the seams of the cans. He also put bows ordecalsonthelids. The tissue holder will hold four rolls and can be made to match any color bathroom you may have. — Milda Mogensen Many of our readers have suggested this idea and think it's great. Thanks for reminding us. — Heloise Dear Heloise: When I receive a sample of a new cologne (on paper in an envelope) from a department store, I open up the flap and set it on my dresser to freshen up the whole room. The paper retains the scent and keeps the air smelling lovely for a week or so. — Mrs. S.R. Wagner Dear Heloise: I discovered this timesaver by first using it for my daughter with the telephone book. Heloise's hints KING FEATURES With so many Smiths listed, I simply highlighted her Smith friend's name, address and phone number with a highlighter pen. I then started using it for the names and numbers of my friends. It makes it much easier than searching for the number only to lose it while dialing. Now I use the highlighter pen for doctors, stores, etc... I found it wonderful when we lived in a small town. Now that we've moved and have a much larger phone book, it is even more wonderful! Thank you for your column. It has been a real help to me. — Susan Davis Thank you for sharing your hint. — Heloise Dear Heloise: When we were painting some of our houses and equipment before I retired several years ago, one of my supervisors told me that instead of worrying about cleaning paint brushes every day when we got through painting, we should put them in a container of fresh water until the following work day and they would keep pliable and not dry out. Well that is what I have been doing around the house now for several years when I have painting to do and it really works and works well. I don't clean brushes until the painting job is finished. — Robert E. Jones Dear Heloise: Once in a while, when I buy a dozen eggs I get home and, in taking them out of the carton, I find one or two so well stuck I can't get them out. I remove all the others and, with only the stuck ones in the carton, I close the carton, carefully turn it over and apply a slightly wet sponge to the bottom of the sections holding the stuck eggs. I keep re- wetting the sponge as needed. Keeping busy nearby, it's never long before I hear a soft and gentle thud. The eggs are free of the carton and uncracked.—E.W. Good idea. Just be sure the egg isn't cracked in the process. — Heloise Dear Heloise: Have you ever hunted lipstick holders? Twice since Christmas I saw them advertised, only to go to the store the same day and they were all sold out. Finally, I decided to use a (deep) ice cube tray. Now it has room enough for lip balm and lipstick. Although the lipsticks are at a slant, at least they stand up and I can see the name of the color I wish to use. — Floss Ruff Dear Heloise: I use cutglass glasses and they get tea stained. So I run about 1% gallons of water in my sink and add 2 cups of bleach. I put the stainless steel tableware and my glasses in and let them soak for about four hours. I then wash and rinse them well and they look like new. I also have a clean shiny sink too. — Hazel McQuaig Gold injections cause splotches Dear Donohue: I am an elderly man with rheumatoid arthritis. After different attempts with various medicines, things got so bad we decided on use of gold injections. So far, the results are pleasing. I have been able to tolerate the medicine. My only complaint is the splotches. They are yellowish, mostly noticeable on my arms and legs. I play tennis, and to avoid comment I wear long sleeve shirts and trousers. Any suggestions? Is this an action of the gold or what?—E.N. As gold builds up in the body it does tend to be deposited in the skin. It activates melanin cells, the ones that cause skin color, as in tanning. The problem is that the gold effect is not uniform, but as you note, splotchy. I can't suggest anything beyond what you are already doing — avoiding exposure of the affected areas to sunlight. That tends to aggravate things. Mention this to the doctor prescribing the gold shots. Severity Doctor Donohue NEWS AMERICA of the splotching can be related to the dosage. Some people have a bluish, grayish, or bronze tinge from the gold action. Dear Donohue: My wife has angina pectoris and is taking nitro pills for it (under her tongue). But she is frightened because they seem to give her headaches. I wonder if it is the pills or her angina itself. What do you recommend to be done? I hate to see her using aspirins to mask a sign that could mean something dangerous. — W. V. Many times, especially in the elderly, the effects of medication can be exaggerated. That can happen with the nitro your wife is using to control her heart pain. Headache can be a part of this. Your wife's doctor can evaluate her response and prescribe a less-potent dosage. Your thought about use of aspirin to mask a potentially important sign such as chronic headache is an intelligent one. Yet, in this instance it might make sense to take a mild analgesic, like aspirin, to tide her over the discomfort, remembering that the nitro-related headaches should go away as she gets used to the medication. I'm counting on you to get your wife in to report this. If you want further information, look over the booklet, "You Can Control Angina," which I'm sending on. Dear Donohue: Here's a copy of an ad for a weight-loss pill that flushes calories "right out of your body." It seems I recall research being done on this type of concept for weight loss. Is this product safe and effective?— C.R. I can't comment on its safety, but I can speculate the only thing it's likely to flush out is the money — right out of your wallet. For A.J.: Many women with herpes do have prodromal (preceding) symptoms before an actual outbreak of sores. Aching in the thighs or tingling in the genital area are examples. Women learn from experience to recognize these and avoid intercourse from the time of the first symptoms. ONE STOP •LIFE 'HEALTH •CAR 'HOME •FARM 'BUSINESS irimim. in A MATTU 01 HUONM MX. JEAN BOSS AGEN 2737 Bilmont Blvd. CALL 823-5129 LONDON (AP) - The Royal Greenwich Observatory, which began time-keeping in 1675 and established Greenwich Mean Time as the world standard in 1884, plans to let its six atomic clocks run down or stop over the next year or so. The clocks cost $100,000 a year in upkeep, so Britain decided it could no longer afford to be the world's timekeeper. Since there are 150 atomic clocks around the globe, accurate to one- millionth of a second, the world will not notice any differences when the Greenwich clocks stop ticking. 125th Birthday You are Cordially Invited to join us in iw JWAU ua in ^-j Celebrating the 125th )\ Birthday of the Great State of Kansas Wednesday, January 29 7:00 pm Salina Bicentennial Center Lobby no admission charge •Refreshments *Group Singing •Short Program Sponsored by Saline County Committee for the 125th For Fashion, Quality and Price, Shop the Paris & Paris Plus Mid State Mall Santa Fe& Iron W£D RAT HER SELL IHKflOQHT Wednesday, January 29th, we close at 2:30 PMfor our fiscal year. This is the day when we must account for every item of merchandise in each of our stores. Rather than count it, record it and computer analog all the winter fashion apparel, WE WANT TO SELL IT NOW! •SUNDAY'MONDAY'TUESDAY'WEDNESDAY 'JAN. 26th 'JAN. 27th 'JAN. 28th 'JAN. 29th KING WINTER •every winter coat • every leather coat • every fur and fake fur coat • every dress • every formal • every gown • every suit • every winter skirt • every blouse • every winter pant • every velour top • every blazer jacket • every coordinate • every sweater • yes — everything winter • everything winter • everything winter • HALF-PRICE Use your Visa • Use your MasterCard • Use your Parts Charge • American Express •ALL SALES FINAL • NO EXCHANGES • NO REFUNDS PRE-INVENTORY SALE Shop For the Greatest Savings Of The Season TODA W

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