Get­ting med­i­cal care in un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory

Texarkana Gazette - - ADVICE/ENTERTAINMENT - King Fea­tures Syn­di­cate Heloise

Dear Heloise: Many peo­ple to­day are trav­el­ing for busi­ness, va­ca­tions and to visit fam­ily and friends. But what do you do when you need a doc­tor in a for­eign coun­try?— Laura S., Au bu r n , Wash.

Laura, y o u r first call should be to the U.S. em­bassy (http://www.usem­bassy. gov), and I rec­om­mend hav­ing the phone num­ber and ad­dress of the em­bassy with you for each coun­try you plan to visit. The em­bassy can help you find a doc­tor or hospi­tal and even can con­tact fam­ily or friends on your be­half. Make sure the doc­tor you see can un­der­stand your lan­guage, and make a list of all med­i­ca­tions you take. Have this in­for­ma­tion in your wal­let for easy ac­cess.

It’s al­ways best to be proac­tive with your health. Make sure you’re up to date with all vac­ci­na­tions, have all of your med­i­ca­tions with you and carry a card with your blood type, any chronic ill­ness you might suf­fer from and any al­ler­gies you have. Wear a med­i­cal­bracelet, es­pe­cially if you have a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tion. If you are trav­el­ing to a dan­ger­ous place, it’s wise to reg­is­ter with the Amer­i­can em­bassy in that coun­try.—

TRAV­EL­ING WITH FOOD Dear Heloise: I have empty, hard-plas­tic gum con­tain­ers, about 5 or 6 inches tall, but I didn’t know what to do with them. Since they have at­tached lids that snap shut, I thought it was a shame to toss them out, so now I use them to pack trail mix or some type of dried fruit for my kid’s lunch. I’ve used them for “munchies” on a plane. These con­tain­ers fit in a lunch­box or purse, and they can be washed and reused.—Claire M., Hanover Park, Ill.

STAINED SILK BLOUSE Dear Heloise: HELP! I have a beau­ti­ful white silk blouse that has per­spi­ra­tion stains. Can I use chlo­rine bleach to get the stains out?—Lola W., Mel­rose, Mass.

Lola, no, don’t use chlo­rine bleach on silk, as it ru­ins the fab­ric over time. First, pre-treat the stained area or soak with a prod­uct con­tain­ing en­zymes. Next, hand-wash with a mild soap and an oxy­gen bleach, if di­rec­tions on the box say it’s safe for silk.

Re­mov­ing stains from cloth­ing can be tricky, and if done in­cor­rectly, the gar­ment can be ru­ined. If you’d like in­for­ma­tion on how to re­move stains from your cloth­ing, you can send for my pam­phlet Handy Stain Guide for Cloth­ing, which tells you how to get stub­born stains out. To get a copy, send $5 to: Heloise/Stains, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can or­der it on­line at You’ll find easy-to-use ideas to re­move stains and save money at the same time. Why throw out cloth­ing that can be as good as new with just a lit­tle care?— Heloise

PICKLE JUICE PREDICA­MENT Dear Heloise: I have a win­dow gar­den and a com­post bin. Is it OK to use pickle juice to ir­ri­gate my plants, or should I pour it onto the com­post pile?— Cliff S., via email

Cliff, pour it on the com­post pile. Pickle juice eas­ily could burn the roots of del­i­cate plants.—Heloise

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