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Wed, 26th August 2015
 

The lady in the coffee shop came over to take the order. It was impossible not to be startled by her ears or rather, the ornate gear that dangled therefrom. It was very impressive. Those enormous rings, several in each ear. "I love ear pieces." she said, obviously having answered our questioning looks hundreds of times before. "Love 'em. I have heaps of other ones at home, bigger and better than these" with a giggle.

Good Luck

"Good luck" I said, "Hope they don't get caught in anything," and so the brigade of ear adornment marches on. They look cute. They have appeal, and accentuate the normal charm that many happy faces exude. But please, a word of caution about anything that dangles from the body, and the ears in particular. Visit any hospital ER, and sooner or later they turn up. Damage ranges from small and innocuous, to massive destruction that may involve the entire ear or indeed part of the scalp.

Accident

It is easy for appendages to become caught up in something nearby. The large loops may be caught in almost anything. In industry, caps are often mandatory to protect hair, and may include the ears. We hear on current affair programmes the horrors of removed ears, and their replacement by painstaking plastic surgical repair. However, the same applies to any device that is not provided by nature. Studs, things hanging to the eyebrows, nostrils, lips, tongue, nipples and many other places, some unmentionable here. Whenever contemplating a new appendage, consider the down side. What if......it gets caught, and it plus the adjoining territory are suddenly torn away. Pain, bleeding, later scarring, pain from scars, the time taken to heal, and the possible enormous cost of future repair surgery. There is no condemnation of anything the wearer thinks adds to beauty or self esteem. Just be thoughtful, and "look before you leap."

 
BABY COST

Q: 

My daughter is now seven years, and had a pituitary tumour surgically removed from the base of her brain. However, the medication which will be required for many years, costs $2,000 a month. However, this is paid for by the government. Despite the negatives levelled at our health system, to a young mum this is an unbelievable gift. My child is now developing normally and is good on the computer.

A: 

This beautiful story can be repeated many times in this country. Yes, the government does a lot for many who would otherwise find it financially challenging if not impossible. Another good example is the availability of herceptin and even more recent medication for women with breast cancer, along a similar money scale.

 
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TAPPING

Q: 

I live in a high rise block of home units. In a unit somewhere near me they appear to be refurbishing, which means constant tapping with a hammer which drives me crazy, and is adversely affecting my brain and temperament.

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Constant recurring noises, such as hammering may certainly be a health issue. However, most blocks have strict guidelines which residents and tradespersons must follow. These are usually displayed on the noticeboard. If you find it driving you nuts, dialogue with the manager. Do not have a fight with your neighbour. It will eventually be completed, and hopefully your nerves will settle down a bit. Every resident no matter where they live has some type of challenging and annoying noise pollution. For example I live on a main road where 100,000 cars a day pass by! I hate the noise too.

 
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OINTMENT

Q: 

I apply some soothing cream to my backside each night. Imagine my surprise last night when reaching for the cream and applying some to my finger, I suddenly realised I was squeezing the toothpaste tube.

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Don't worry, this mistake is commonly made. In time, many absent mindedly just reach for the medication, assume they have the correct tube when in fact this is not so. Just the same, this is a timely reminder that any medication, be it tablet, cream, mixture should have the label checked every time before use. Make that the rule, and you will not go wrong. Just the same toothpaste is pretty innocuous.

 
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NASAL INSULIN

Q: 

I understand that insulin may be given intra nasally with a spray.

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Various products are available, but universal use is far away and may never eventuate. Correct dosage is the main issue. There is an enormous area from which it may be absorbed into the system via the nasal airways and lungs. It certainly beats the daily injections for comfort and convenience but there are also many drawbacks. Most experts believe it has a place for some, with your own diabetes specialist offering the best advice in specific cases.

 
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NINETIES

Q: 

My elderly mum in her nineties has suddenly discovered the net and now beavers away each day. It fills her day, occupies her mind, and she is becoming a walking book of knowledge. I find this most unusual.

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The computer has revolutionised the lives of millions, including thousands of elderly people. Many are discovering it each day, and find a new interest. Although it may take a longer time compared to youngsters, they soon grasp the concept, log on and have fun. Maybe this will be the saviour of many from dreaded Alzheimers. Crosswords are not a bad idea also.

 
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