That cold might be COVID, so it’s best to play it safe

Last week my sister’s father-in-law, who lives on the East Coast, was mowing his lawn. After he finished, he started feeling respiratory discomfort, chalking it up to the grass and weeds he’d stirred up while mowing. A few days later, his wife experienced a runny nose, cough and muscle aches. Suspicious of her symptoms, she [...]

Is a second opinion necessary when considering surgery?

Q: My friends all say I should get a second opinion from another doctor before scheduling surgery. I trust my doctor and do not want to go through the hassle of finding someone else. Is getting a second opinion necessary? A: Having a planned surgery that is not an emergency provides you the opportunity to [...]

Is getting a second opinion necessary when considering surgery?

Q: My friends all say I should get a second opinion from another doctor before scheduling surgery. I trust my doctor and do not want to go through the hassle of finding someone else. Is getting a second opinion necessary? A: Having a planned surgery that is not an emergency provides you the opportunity to [...]

The modern world challenges old-school ways

When it comes to everyday tasks, I’m caught between the modern world and my old-school ways. The term “old-school” refers to a style, method or device that’s no longer used or done because it has been replaced by something that’s more modern. Think of combing through that huge paper phone book that’s been replaced by [...]

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Q: I understand that May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, but what does that mean? A: National Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in American’s lives. Each year the President makes a proclamation of this important month, showing the country the [...]