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April 24, 1986

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 5

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THE BAYTOWN SUN Thunday, April 24, S-A Peter Goff, M. D. Hepatitis contagious infection DR. GOTT — My niece moved to the South recently and somehow contracted hepatitis. She says it's not contagious. Someone prescribed the following treatment: Drink lots of fluids, get rest and eat at least a pound of sugar a day for the next couple of months. The first two sound reasonable, but that third idea sounds crazy to me. What do you think? DEAR READER — I think it sounds crazy. Hepatitis is a contagious viral infection of the liver. Years ago, doctors prescribed a high-sugar diet because hepatitis patients lost their appetites and their caloric needs were not met by ordinary meals. However, a pound of sugar a day would be astronomically high, even for "refrigerator" Perry. The fluids and rest are OK. I suggest that ;you and your niece follow the instructions given by a doctor; the other advice is best ignored. DEAR DR. GOTT — I'm sure you've read about the couple who visited a fertility clinic for two years, at which point the woman gave birth to seven babies. (Pour died because of permaturity). The couple is now suing the clinic, claiming it was at fault for prescribing Perganol, which causes the development of multiple fetuses. I know that you sometimes "take on" your medical colleagues, but in this case, don't you think the couple bringing suit is a little off-the-wall? Or is fertility such an exact science now that the fertility clinic could predict the precise outcome of the Perganol treatment? BAYTOWN AREA . '">:•: Cr, S is:*»2292" WOMEN'S Office: 427 2421 CENTER DEAR READER — I doubt that any fertility clinic could predict such an outcome, although multiple births are a recognized complication of Perganol therapy. Many physicians practicing today express a damned-if-you-do, damned-if- you-don't attitude that reflects the litigation-oriented society we live in. I think the couple you described might be just as likely to have sued the clinic if no pregnancy resulted from treatment. The sad part of the story is that the parents will probably be awarded some money, even though they have three healthy babies. DEAR DR. GOTT — Could you please explain what a bicor- nuated uterus is and what possible effect it can have on childbearing? Can it be surgically corrected? DEAR READER - A bicor- nuate uterus is either a double- barreled womb or a uterus with two hornlike extrusions. It is common in many non-human mammals, but in women it can cause difficulty in bearing children. It need not be repaired but, in many cases, may be surgically corrected if a woman persistently experiences premature labor. What is HYPOGLYCEMIA and how is it treated? You can find out in Dr. Gott's new Health Report on the subject. Send 75 cents plus a long self-addressed, stamped envelope to P.O. Box 2597, Cincinnati, OH 45201. Be sure to ask for the Health Report on HYPOGLYCEMIA. Pe/er Goit is a columnist /or Newspaper Enterprise Association Dear Meg Widow doesn't want to move DEAR MEG — I'm an 83-year- old widow who lives alone. My son and his wife live nearby. They've decided they want to retire to Florida because it's warmer climate and their son lives there. But they don't want to move without me. the darlings. My son is accustomed to moving, but I'm satisfied in my own home with my friends. My husband and I bought this house close to town with neighbors nearby with retirement in mind. I- can't bear the thought of moving, but they won't go without me. What should I do? — CONTENTED IN CONNECTICUT. DEAR CONTENTED — Stay where you are. Studies of older people show that enforced "uprooting" can be traumatic. Most, like you, are happier in familiar surroundings. Assure your son 1 and his wife that you're doing fine where you are; and be grateful for such a loving family! DEAR MEG — My lovely wife has been diagnosed as having cancer of the stomach. She will undergo surgery soon and we are coping as best we can. Katie is only 28 and the doctors say her case is rare. We've been married four years. I'have many periods of depression that I don't want to share with Katie, because she's feeling bad, too. I've been trying to talk to her widowed father. (I keep him posted on Katie.) The problem is, he's no help at all. He doesn't even want to listen. What can I do to make him realize it would be less painful for us both if we were close and shared our feelings? — DISAPPOINTED, KOKOMO, IND. DEAR DISAPPOINTED — If. your father-in-law hasn't shown much affection in four years, he*s probably not the affec- tio'nate type. If, however, he's been distant since the onset of his daughter's illness, he's probably finding it painful to deal with it — and the frightening possibility of losing her. You're doing all you can. I'd confide in a friend instead. Good luck and God bless. DEAR MEG — Thanks for facing the question of child abuse squarely in your column. Your ariswer to "Sacred" in Montana was top-notch. I-was a victim of child abuse, arid I have co-authored a novel on the subject. Mary Johnson Davis and I have written "The Wedding Dress," to be published this fall by Leisure Books. Child abuse is a tough topic for people tojace, so we have placed it in a fictional and historical setting in the hope of making people more comfortable about discussing it. Our goal is to bring the topic out in the open even more in order to he,lp other victims. We get a lot of information and support from Christian Crawford's fledging organization for adult survivors of child abuse, Survivors Network. The group publishes a newsletter for a growing network of support groups. — DEBBIE JORDAN, LA. PORTE, TEX AS. DEAR DEBBIE — I am indebted to you for writing. Your information will change many li>4s. The address of Survivors Network is 18653 Ventura Blvd., Tirana, CA 91356. DEAR MEG — My husband's place of work is 34 miles from , so he's been staying with a 1 buddy and his wife three nights a week. Last week I found out his buddy's wife left in December because he fooled around with other women and had them in the house. When I asked Spence why he hadn't told me, he said he didn't think it was important. I'm a secretary, so I decided to do a little checking. It didn't take long to find out that Spence and his buddy have parties Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and that the women usually stay over. Not only are we fighting about this, but I don't know what to tel! the children. Spence is a good husband and father. I don't understand why he's doing this. - DISILLUSIONED IN OKLAHOMA. DEAR DIS — You don't have to tell the children anything. Bui tell Spence that unless he arranges to stay someplace else during the week, he can forget ahn'if coming home Given the choice, most men make the right i mm M MM •• MPM ••• am* ••• ^M i^ •• • Hit Neighbor! Sta-FrMh Bread 79 COUttTtY MY FttSM Extra large Eggs 79 Ground Chuck 49 MARKFTSUCID Bacon one. Whitcomb is a columnist for Newspaper Enterprise Association Leonards old fashioned Meat Market with old fashioned prices and old fashion service. .LEONARDS 1 YOUR FULL LINE MEAT MARKET FRESH PIT BAR-B-Q FOOD COUPONS WELCOME 313 S, 4th Street 422-5327 imSSm Mon ' Sat 8 - 7 Sunday 9-5 £ If s Your Choice! Optional Measured Service. You only pay for what you use! Optional Measured Service. General Telephone is now offering Optional Measured Service (OMS) in Baytown. The Alternative. Optional Measured Service is an alternative to flat rate service which permits customers to have more control over their telephone bill. It is based on separate charges for access to the present toll-free calling network and for the use of that network to place calls. No Charge for Incoming Calls. There are no charges for incoming calls. Outgoing completed calls are charged based on the number of calls made, the duration of.the call, the distance of the call,-and the time of day. You Only Pay For What You Use! Optional Measured Service Pricing is based on usage, similar to the pricing methods used by water and electric utilities. You pay a flat monthly fee (about one-half your present rate) for access to the network, then you are charged for each completed call you make. Call your GTE Business Office for complete details. General Telephone

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