Q. I had a bad cold so I asked my doctor for an antibiotic. He seemed reluctant, but I insisted and he gave me the prescription. I was supposed to take it for 10 days, but I stopped after seven days because I felt better and I ...
Stop! Next you'll tell me you prefer not to cover your mouth when you cough.
Taking antibiotics unnecessarily and not completing your prescription are the leading causes of "superbugs," bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. These superbugs are one of the most serious threats to global public health.
Wednesday, July 29:.Breaded pork chop, cabbage and noodles, pickled beets, wheat bread with margarine, chilled apricots.
Thursday, July 30: Apple juice, baked lasagna, Caesar salad, Italian bread with margarine, fresh melon in season.
Friday, July 31: Smoked turkey, salami and provolone with lettuce and tomato on a soft roll with mustard, marinated vegetable salad, blushed pears.
Wednesday, July 29: Chicken Florentine, wild rice, green beans, mini blueberry muffin, pineapple chunks.
Thursday, July 30: Baby back beef ribs, whipped yams, roasted cauliflower, plums.
Friday, July 31: Fish Creole, au gratin potatoes, vegetable medley, fruit cocktail.
Monday, August 3: Grilled hamburger, American blend vegetables, Jello, warm per cobbler, roll.
Tuesday, August 4: Pineapple glazed ham, mashed yams, French green beans, seasonal fresh fruit with whipped cream and graham crackers, mini muffin, roll.
Q. What's the difference between a CAT scan and an MRI?
The CAT scan, MRI and others are known as diagnostic-imaging tests. Let's go over the common ones.
X-ray;One of the oldest forms of medical imaging , an X-ray examination uses electromagnetic radiation to make pictures.
An X-ray machine passes a beam through your body and records an image digitally or on film. Body tissues produce different results. Tissues show up in shades of gray. Bones look white. Lungs that contain air appear dark.
Q. My doctor put his stethoscope on my neck and muttered to himself, "No brooey." I'm not the type to ask the doctor questions, but I'm still wondering what he meant by that. My spelling is probably wrong.
Your doctor was checking your carotid arteries on the sides of your neck to see if the blood flow to your brain was blocked. If one of the arteries was blocked, it would make a "swoosh" that the medical profession calls a bruit. Your phonetic spelling is excellent. Bruit is pronounced "broo-ee," like "phooey."
Wednesday, July 22: Marinated turkey cutlet, seasoned red potatoes, garden vegetable blend, wheat bread with margarine, fresh fruit cup.
Thursday, July 23: Cranberry juice, chicken cheese steak on a roll, cole slaw, applesauce.
Friday, July 24: Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, Calif. blend vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, raspberry filled cookie.
Monday, July 27: Marinated grilled chicken breast, Asian fried rice, oriental vegetables, wheat bread with bread margarine, fresh pineapple.
Wednesday, July 22: Crab cake, mashed potatoes, diced beets, donut hole, fresh fruit.
Thursday, July 23: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Asian vegetables, angel food cake, strawberries.
Friday, July 24: Roast beef, macaroni and cheese, broccoli, oatmeal cookie.
Monday, July 27: Three cheese ziti with meat sauce, Mediterranean vegetables, wax beans, Jello, tropical fruit.
Tuesday, July 28: Beef Rib B Que, carrots and broccoli, warm apples, chocolate chip cookie, roll.
Wednesday, July 15: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cookie.
Thursday, July 16: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, peas and carrots, whipped Mandarin oranges.
Friday, July 17: Pecan crusted fish, buttered noodles, broccoli and cauliflower, Oreo cookies, pear.
Monday, July 20: Spaghetti and meat sauce, Italian blend vegetables, whipped Mandarin oranges.
Tuesday, July 21: Rotisserie chicken, diced baked yams, sauteed spinach, sugar cookie.
Wednesday, July 22: Crab cake, mashed potatoes, diced beets, doughnut hole, fresh fruit.
Q. I had a bird's nest in my chimney and was told that we were probably getting some carbon monoxide in the house. He said that this is bad for your health. How bad?
Carbon monoxide (chemical symbol CO) is a colorless and odorless gas that can kill you. CO is a byproduct of combustion. It comes out of car tailpipes, gas ovens, fireplaces and heating systems.
That bird's nest was blocking the evacuation of CO out of your chimney from your furnace and hot-water heater. The gas was backing up into your house.
Q. Isn't a fractured bone less serious than a broken bone?
This is a common misconception. A fracture and a break are the same thing.
For several reasons, seniors are in danger of breaking a bone. As we age, the power of our senses, reflexes and coordination diminishes. Maladies and the medicines we take for them can contribute to balance problems, which can lead to falls. Then there's osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones more likely to snap.