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We were setting around the dinner table last week discussing different types of tacos, ground meat tacos (beef and chicken), fish tacos, cheese tacos, tongue tacos. And that’s when the conversation turned to tongue. Growing up eating wild meat, tongue has always graced our table. Grandma, while not...
Yesterday morning I woke up feeling under the weather. Stuffy nose? Check. Runny nose? Check. Sinus pressure? Check. Sneezing? Check. Is it a cold? That's not likely, since I have allergies to some of the plants blooming right now. Airborne pollens can stick to the inside of your nose and throat,...
When I was small, even before preteen, Grandpa would make pancakes on the weekend so Grandma could sleep in. It didn’t work because he always had to wake her up to ask her what ingredients to make them out of. She’d stay in bed anyway and we’d make pancakes (and a mess) in the kitchen. Grandpa,...
May reminds me of my mother, and not just because of Mother's Day. May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. During the last 10 years of her life, my mother suffered significant disability from complications of osteoporosis. People with low bone density have bones that are more...
I was driving along when I heard a radio talk show host tell me that I should get cash and put it in a safety deposit box because next year was going to be bumpy and I was going to need it. As my mind said ‘woah’, I had to fight the automatic urge to let my foot hit the brakes in the car. The words...
Q: How much calcium should I take to prevent osteoporosis (thin bones)?  Several years ago, after stepping out of her front door, my 75-year-old neighbor Barbara turned around and, after losing her balance, fell down a flight of stairs, shattering her left ankle and breaking her right arm in 3...
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 trying to overhear but the distress in the small nurse’s tone over leaving her eleven-year-old daughter at...
 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 and more likely to break. How long do you need to take a bone-building medicine? That depends on how thin your...
Driving home on a four-lane highway with Grandpa last week I almost ran over a chair. Yep, a chair. Coming around the curve; going sixty miles an hour we saw yellow flashing lights a-ways ahead. Grandpa said, “See those?” “Yep,” I said wondering if it was road work lights or the lights from an...
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, Mabel’s blood tests showed she was still significantly low in iron. When I asked about her iron supplement,...

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