Ad­vice and tips help girls sharpen so­cial skills

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - OPINION -

sexes is: Be kind. Be hon­est. Be tact­ful. Don’t be afraid to give some­one a com­pli­ment if you think it’s de­served.

If you think you’re not beau­ti­ful (or hand­some), be well-groomed, taste­fully dressed, con­scious of your pos­ture. (Peo­ple who stand tall project self-con­fi­dence.) If you are not a “brain,” try harder. If you are smarter than most, don’t be a know-it-all. Ask oth­ers what they think and en­cour­age them to share their opin­ions.

If you’re not a good ath­lete, be a good sport.

Be gen­er­ous with kind words and af­fec­tion­ate ges­tures, but re­spect your­self and your fam­ily val­ues al­ways. If you think “put­ting out” will make some­one like you, for­get it. (It won’t work, and later you’ll be glad you didn’t.) If you need help, ask God. And if you don’t need any­thing, THANK God!

DEAR ABBY: My hus­band re­fuses to wear head­phones. This means that when we sit in the liv­ing room to­gether, I must put up with the blar­ing noise of what­ever he is watch­ing.

I do a lot of writ­ing, and in or­der to think, I need si­lence. I have tried earplugs, but they don’t muf­fle enough of the noise. Now, when I have had enough, I leave the room.

This re­sults in us be­ing in two sep­a­rate places, which he hates. Is there an­other so­lu­tion I may be over­look­ing? -- LOUD IN MAINE

DEAR LOUD: You might try noise­can­cel­ing head­phones. How­ever, if that doesn’t work, be­cause you need to “hear” in your head the sen­tences you are try­ing to write, you may have to do your writ­ing when your hus­band is not at home.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am try­ing to de­cide if it would be ben­e­fi­cial for me to get a sec­ond opin­ion about atrial fib­ril­la­tion treat­ment.

I was di­ag­nosed in May af­ter my doc­tor dis­cov­ered that I was in atrial fib­ril­la­tion while tak­ing my blood pres­sure and heart rate at a rou­tine ap­point­ment. I was given Xarelto in the emer­gency room and car­dio-con­verted with fle­cainide. I was sent home with a pre­scrip­tion for Xarelto to be taken daily, and in­struc­tions to re­turn to the ER if I felt dizzy or had flut­ter­ing, pound­ing, pres­sure or pain in my chest.

Eleven days later, I was out of state and felt many of those symp­toms. At that ER, the doc­tors were in­cred­u­lous and shak­ing their heads about the fact that I was not pre­scribed meto­pro­lol the first time; they gave me a pre­scrip­tion to take daily. At my fol­low-up ap­point­ment with my car­di­ol­o­gist, he said it was fine to take both, that Xarelto is a new blood thin­ner and meto­pro­lol is an old-school treat­ment, a beta-blocker for reg­u­lat­ing the heart rate. He also said not to go to the ER un­less I felt like I was hav­ing a heart at­tack, with very strong symp­toms, since I was tak­ing med­i­ca­tions. If I felt un­com­fort­able, I should call his of­fice and wait sev­eral hours to do so, if I felt them in the mid­dle of the night.

Sev­eral days later, I felt dizzy and my heart rate was clearly er­ratic, so I called his of­fice. He called in a pre­scrip­tion for fle­cainide and told me to take three pills right away and if I didn’t re­turn to nor­mal in a few hours to go to the ER on an empty stom­ach and get the pad­dle treat­ment to re­store my heart rate. At a fol­low-up ap­point­ment he ex­plained that I should carry the fle­cainide with me to take as needed. If nec­es­sary, he would ad­just the dosages so I would take all three medicines daily, and if that failed, the next course of treat­ment

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