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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, August 16, 1974 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I am concerned about allergic reactions to bee stings Last summer my wife was stung on the leg by what we think was a honey bee. There was some reaction with discoloring and swelling, but it cleared up after three weeks without medication. Later she was stung just under the right eye and had a ver-y strong reaction with swelling and shock, severe itching in the palms of the hands and under the feet, and red blotches appeared on her arms Within 30 to 40 minutes she developed a low pulse and weak heart beat. No medication was administered, but the allergist suggested a series of shots to be taken after a 30-day waiting period After the 30 days she declined to have the shots I'm concerned about what kind of a reaction she would have if she should be stung now after several months have elapsed, and if it is imperative that some medication be prescribed now Dear Reader You have good reason to be concerned There are several deaths recorded from bee and wasp stings If a person has just a limited swelling near the location of the sting, usually it is not serious However, anyone who has something more, as the hives (the red blotches) or a shock-like reaction, is in danger With each subsequent sting the reaction is usually more severe than before You should consider it as a form of allergic reaction The chances are that your wife will have Flashback 1825 The republic of Bolivia was proclaimed 1858 Queen Victoria sent the first message over the new Atlantic cable to U S President James Buchanan 1896 An earthquake in Ecuador and Peru claimed lives 1915 The dredges San Ja- cinto and Sam Houston were wrecked off Texas, drowning 106 1948 Babe Ruth died. more trouble the next time she is slung than she did the last time Those shots your doctor recommended desensitize a person so he will be less likely to have a severe reaction should he be stung again Usually it is necessary to complete the series, then take shots every so often to keep your protection. It is not too late, and she should have them now In addition, you should have an emergency kit available You can get these through your doctor. It may save her life These kits contain medicine to counter the reaction in case of a sting, and a tourniquet to tie above the sting if it is in a location where this can be done If she gets stung, the first thing to do is remove the stinger Do this with a dull knife or similar object. Scoop it out, don't squeeze. If you squeeze it with the finger or other motion you inject more of the poison into the spot. Incidentally, only a honey bee will leave its stinger in you It dies because of this Wasps and other bees do not leave their stinger If you don't have a kit or anything, remove the stinger and put some ice over the spot and keep it there while you go to the doctor Consider it an emergency even if there is no immediate reaction. The desensitizing medicine has material in it that also protects against other insect stings, such as wasp or hornet stings A sting from any of these could be dangerous to a person who has had a severe reaction. You can help prevent stings by eliminating nests and keeping flowers down Your wife should not wear scented perfumes or powders Even clothes make a difference Bees and wasps are attracted to bright floral prints and black clothes They are not attracted to or angered by light colors, such as white, tan, khaki or green colors Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on diverticulosis. send 50 cents to tbe same address and ask for the "Diverticulosis" booklet. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN CkiciM Tribunt Both vulnerable. North deals. NORTH A K J 9 543 8 WEST EAST AQ102 VQJ1052 V8643 410532 SOUTH AK 9 8 4 3 VK 7 K Q 4 The bidding: North East South West Pass Pass 2 Pass 3 NT Pass 6 NT Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Queen ofV The percentage play in a particular suit might not be the best strategy in the overall attack of the hand. South, declarer at a no trump slam, made the play that he figured would cause the most hardship for the defenders, and brought home a slam that could have been defeated. Despite the fact that South had shown a good hand with his jump to three no trump at his second turn, North's leap to slam was a most aggressive action. He was counting on the fact that his hand was worth about eight playing tricks to his partner and that, therefore, his side's combined assets would offer good play for twelve tricks. West led the queen of hearts, and declarer was not entirely displeased with dummy. The only immediate loser was in the spade suit, but declarer would have enough tncks if he could bnng in the diamond suit, or even if he could score only six tricks in diamonds. The problem was that if he lost a diamond, he would go down to instant defeat if the opponents found their spade trick. Declarer was aware that the percentage play in the dia- mond suit was to try to drop the queen. However, if the queen failed to drop, the defenders would have the opportunity to signal on the second and third diamond leads. To prevent that, de- clarer opted for a slightly less favorable play in diamonds, but one that might give him a better overall chance for his contract. South won the first trick with the king of hearts and led a low diamond to dummy's jack He was hoping that, if the finesse failed and East did not hold the ace of spades, he would not know which suit to shift to This was indeed the case. East won the queen of diamonds and, bearing in mind that South had bid spades at his first turn, decided that South was more likely to hold the ace of spades than the ace of clubs, especially as he was looking at the queen and the jack was in dummy, which meant that to play a spade could give declarer the whole suit. He shifted to club, and declarer rattled off twelve tricks for a well-played slam. Your horoscope By Jeam Oixon SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 Your birthday today: Open an active year you start, as now, on an upward move Material ventures thrive, but demand much exertion Self- discipline is needed to balance spiritual developments Relationships are lively and numerous all year, with many surprises Today's natives have the knack for successful- ly bringing together various iacets of nature ARIES (March 21-April Muster up all your talents to support yourself, children, or an> other dependents Per- sonal enterprises prosper. Knowledge comes swiftly, ready for applicator) Make an effort to learn1 TAURUS (April 20-May Unforeseen circumstances prevail Sudden rise of status occurs where you've done the necessary work No point in balking at changes; negotiate them tactfully GEMINI (May 21-June All sorts of issues are resolved Be early, look for chances to prevail in negotiations Keep your schedule loose to permit last- minute reshuffling. CANCER (June 21-July Generally a fortunate day, in which good influences emanate from important people Family affairs thrive, unexpected money likely. Put something extra into savings LEO (July 23-Aug A dav ot agreeable surprises, featuring creative projects that deserve extra effort. Romance sparkles for those eligible VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept Potential present and future happiness your own and many others alls your way You have unsolicited help. Take advantage of it LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct Unexpected but favorable events surprise you Pursue in moderation favorite sports, pastimes Make your deeper feelings known to one you love SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov Use today's opportunities to the fullest Don't waste time on trivia or rehashing your own or other's recent errors End the day with social events, romance SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec Be yourself, keep life direct and simple, amusing but busy Social and business contacts made today are strong and meaningful CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan Gracefully yield to un- planned, fortunate situations Leave your schedule open for conferences and formal com- munications AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb Co-operative effort brings benefits beyond that of individuals Gather good team early, make it a full and lively day Travels are favored PISCES (Feb. 19-March Stash things in their proper place with an eye toward probable rear- rangements soon It's a grand day for good humor, reconciliations, adjustments Ask Andy WHIRLWINDS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Cindy Elliott, age 10, of High Point. North Carolina for her question What causes a whirlwind? A dizzy little whirlwind is a dancing breeze. It may dance down a street, twirling leaves and bits of paper up to the roof-tops Summer is a good time to see a dusty whirlwind in the desert, wobbling from side to side as it goes It seems to do just as it pleases But actually, every whirlwind must obey certain rules. It is caused by the sun, the air and the spinning it must obey their regulations. A whirlwind is born when the beaming sun warms up a patch of ground The ground warms the air above it Warm air expands and spreads out because it needs more room. It is also lighter than cooler air Now picture a column of light warm air, sitting on that patch of extra warm ground It needs more room and there is only one direction in which it can go It cannot push sideways through the cooler, heavier air around it. But it can rise upward and this is just what it does A whirlwind begins to form when this stream of warm air rises above a warm patch of ground As it rises, it may be strong enough to pull up some dust and dry leaves But this is not the whole story. A whirlwind is made of airy gases and it must obey certain rules. It is a fluid and in some ways it behaves like runny water We can see for ourselves that water flows downhill Air is invisible but it also tends to flow or blow in a certain direction As a rule, masses of cooler heavier air blow toward pockets of warm light air. The masses mingle and merge to even things out, so to speak. The whirlwind is a rising pocket of light warm air, naturally the cooler surrounding air breezes in toward it More and more air blows in to fill and refill the rising updraft And this is not all Because the earth spins around like a top, it gives a twist to things moving above the ground. It twists the breezy whirlwind. North of the equator, the big winds of the world are curved to blow slightly toward the right. The winds of a howling hurricane also spiral toward the right South of the equator these winds are twisted toward the left. But for reasons unknown, a dizzy little whirlwind does not have to obey these global rules Its twisting breezes can swirl around either left or right whether it is north or south of the equator. A busy little whirlwind can rise as high as 300 or 400 feet and sometimes as high as feet As it blows and goes, it mixes and mingles a pocket of extra warm air with the cooler air around it This helps to cool things off a little On a scorching hot day, things are slightly cooler when dozens of whirlwinds dance over the desert Questions asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Fun with figures "Forty questions, but you don't have to answer them said Sam "I give you 12 cents for every one you get right." "Okay, replied Doug "But what about the ones I get wrong'" Sam smiled. "I thought of that You pay me a quarter the first you get wrong, two quarters the second, three quarters the third, and so on And that's the way it was Doug ended up just to the good' How many questions did he answer' (Answer Monday) Yesterday's answer: SWELL was 13877 ALL RIGHT, LET'S GET T06ETHEK OUT THERE! LET'S START CALLING FOR THOSE FLY 0ALLS! I THINK MAVPE PERHAPS, kOPEFlUY, IF fcVbRlTMINS 6065 RI6HTANP NOTHING UNPREDICTABLE HAPPENS, I SOT IT! THAT ISN'T WHAT I MEANT! i SHORT MBS VOU ARE ABOUT TO FACE THE BEST SWORDSMAN IN ALL OF HIS BLADE MAS ENDED THE LIVES OP OVER A HUNDRED MEN WHV DO NOT Swow i PLAN TO USE A HI AND LOIS IT'S HARP BELIEVE THEY'RE THESE OLP SLACKS OF POT'S FIT YOU PERFECTLX THESE PAYS IF NOT BELLS OR FLAIRS, THEY'RE BUGS BUNNY BLONDIE ONE OF THE WORST IS THE GYPSY MOTH THIS BOOK SAYS THAT MANY MOTHS ARE DESTRUCTIVE TO SHRUBBERY I WONDER HOW YOU TELL. A GYPSY MOTH FROM OTHER MOTH? MAYBE THEY WEAR. A BANDANA AROUND THEIR HEAD ARCHIE 1' YOUR JUGHEAD, I I THOU6HT YOU WERE V SEE. CARVING THE WELL, YOUR SUMMER SEA LOOKS UK.E. A BURNT "COOK OFFERING 5 LB. 2 HOURS'? I JUST WANT TO PROVE ARCH, THAT X'M WHY A MAN OF ALL SEASONS! DON'T NtX) LEAVE THE COOKING TO YOUR MOTHER? THAT BACKWARDS! HAGAR THE HORRIBLE PARK WAS... BEETLE BAILEY THAT'S IF WE CAN V FIND THEM ASAlN THlSU you I THINK I'LL HIT ANOTHER BUCKET- FUL LTLABKR TUMBLEWEEDS I'VE COME ASA PATIENT IN- I CONSULT ME ON THE CASE OF THIS RICH I WE SEE SEEM TO lOOKjr-THERE? ONE IN THE WINDOW THAT FEATHER ISN'T A MERE HALLUCINATION I'M JUST AN EXPENSIVE FAKE.' GETTING PRETTY BAP OUT HERE WHEN A GIRL CANT EVEN GET HERSELF CAPTURE? PVlNPIAMSJ MAPAM, I'M RE1WNIN6 WUR sou.': HOW UNCIVILI7-EP CAN VOL) ;