Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
me MEHALU inurtaay, uocemovr is, Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I am a 65- year-old woman. For many years, whenever I went for a checkup, the doctors were very concerned about a heart murmur that I have They didn't seem to know what it was, so, finally they sent me to a nationally known medical center for an examination The heart specialist found I had a patent ductus As you know, this is something a baby is born with According to medical knowledge, a child does not live very long with this, so I guess I am an excep- tion I have been very active all my life I live on a farm, have a large farm house, and plenty of work Since I have turned 65, I seem to be more tired than I used to be I am worry- ing a bit and wondering if time is beginning to run out for me. I was around 50 when the problem was first diagnosed The specialist told me since I was doing so well, at my age, he wouldn't advise an operation Then he gave me a list of things to be careful about which was so long, I couldn't possibly keep up with it It included avoiding all infections, flu, and even to have penicillin when I had my teeth cleaned. I'm just thankful I have had a good life for 65 years, and just wondered what your com- ments might be. Dear Reader You are un- usual, all right The birth defect you have is really an artery connecting two others the mam artery that carries blood to the lungs to get ox- ygen and the mam artery that carries oxygenated blood out of the left side of the heart to the rest of the body (aorta) While the baby is in the uterus, this artery is open and shunts blood through the baby 's body without sending it to the lungs Only after birth, when the lungs open, is it necessary for the blood to go to the lungs to get oxygen At birth, or very soon after, this small artery shunt usually closes so you have a normal circulation If a doctor was seeing nothing but congenital heart defects this would be one of the more common conditions It is not as dangerous as you think How much trouble it causes depends on how large the shunt really is If it is a small arterial connection and not much blood is shunted through it, about the only problem it will cause is to create a loud noise or the mur- mur that caused all the concern I recall one very good 40-year-old Air Force pilot I saw for another reason I found that he had this problem, completely un- recognized despite annual fly- ing examinations by many doctors. If the shunt is very small, so it doesn't affect the heart's action to any significant degree, then the other problem is the danger of bacterial endocarditis, an infection of the heart That is why your doctor wanted you to take penicillin if you had any infection or even when you had your teeth cleaned In general, even small shunts of this type should be closed when diagnosed in ear- ly childhood I must agree, however, that in a healthy person past 50, I would think m most instances it could be left alone All of this also means that your defect will probably not have any serious effects on your heart or your health. I do think, though, that you should have antibiotics when you have any respiratory illness or even dental procedures. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this new- spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. Flashback Each letter here stands for a different digit OLD NOAH HAD NO RADIO There can be no doubt about this if you will remember that our RADIO is truly prime What do you make of it? OLD NOAH (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: Lawn 30 by 10 feet Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H GORE> AND OMAR SHARIF 1974 Chicago Trlbunt North South vulnerable East deals NORTH A652 J842 AQ2 AJ WEST EAST 4Q10987 J 43 9 K A5 J109 865 1 8 4 4976532 SOUTH K f Q109763 K73 KQ10 The bidding. East South West North Pass 1 3 4 Pass 5 Pass 6 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead. Jack of The great unsolved masteries of the ages, such as the Indian rope tr'ck and the disappearance of the vessel Mane Celeste, are quite unremarkable com pared with the incredible way Trump Coup Tommy can make his opponents' trump vanish into thin air. Once again, Tommj's bid ding was partly responsible tor his side getting too high Since he was vulnerable, and his king of spades was un- guarded, Tommy might have thought twice about opening the Didtii-ig West took ad vantage of the vulnerability to preempt, and .North could hardly be blamed for think ing that sLioi would he an proposition Hence he cue bid the enemy suit, and, after Tommy confirmed a respectable suit, he con tmued to six hearts. West led the ]ack of dia- monds, and when dummy appeared it seemed to the spectators that Trump Coup had, at last, met his Water loo. Even to him it was pain lull} obvious that the ace king of trumps were con spicuous by their With a face as bold as brass, Tommy hopped up with dummy's ace of dia- monds, entered his hand with the kirg of spades and crossed bark to dummy with the ace of clubs. Then he led the ace of spades By the unseemly haste with which he tried to cash the ace of spades, it seemed that Tommy was trying to get rid of a diamond loser from his hand Admittedly, it was unusual to think thai West had led-aw ay from the king of diamonds, but there did not seem to be any other reasonable explanation for declarer's play From East's point of view, Tommy could have held a hand such as K lOx x x x KQ10, To prevent Tommy get- ting rid of his diamond East ruffed the ace of spades with the five of trumps. Tommy overruffed, returned a trump and great was the fall thereon ace and king of trumps crashed on the same trick, and Tommy had made his slam. Your horoscope FRIDAY, DEC. 20 Your birthday today: You harvest benefits in your life- style this coming year. Nearly all that you now do yields an early response, while past ef- forts prove exceptionally beneficial. Set aside excess funds for later use. Strive to achieve spiritual enlighten- ment as you go along. Today's natives are often inclined to law and politics ARIES (March 21-April Consult institutions and ser- vices available in your com- munity or support them with contributions that are appropriate to your economic level TAURUS (April 20-May Cultivate family ties, organize neighborhood co- operation. Collect stray possessions and take inven- tory Changes of habit and rearrangements of routine are permanent GEMINI (May 21-June Use your imagination, but don't let it distract you from reviewing the fine points of business deals. Technical ad- vice comes in handy Celebrate tonight with no shoptalk CANCER (June 21-July Mind your own business. Correspondence is a good place to work off energy and yields the final chapters of an old story. LEO (July 23-Aug. Accept a slow-paced day as an opportunity to check something out once and for all Seek undetected assets and unexploited resources. Health care is favored. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Clear up discrepancies at work. Call in trusted associates to deal with com- plex questions raised by com- petitive in-laws. Include extra rest in your schedule. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Deal with whatever is most convenient to attend to early, but don't begin large or special projects. Move moderately. You can tidy up this weekend nicely. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Perform standard routines of closing out your work week, and set up details to facilitate undeveloped projects. Pursue emotional ties. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Exert no more pressure than needed to keep things turning. You can learn a great deal from observing others at work today. En- courage nostalgia, enjoy a party tonight CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. Concern for others' welfare motivates you to get delayed corrections on the way. Settle accounts and old questions. Brief travels yields extra benefits. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. Effort is the main ingredient in your success today. Be slow but sure Protection of your health in- volves expense but is a good investment PISCES (Feb. 19-March You have the luxury of being able to take your time Use it constructively to con- tinue productive work Young people create a considerable stir. HEAR WU TRlEP TO MAKE FRiENW WITH THE CAT NEXT THE COLONISTS DOHT HAVE A CANNON WORRM ON THAT HILL WIM THE HAND OF FElUCWSHlP, ANP HE ALMOST TORE IT OFF! Ask Andy STARS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Lori Clark, age 10, of Metuchen, N J., for her question: How Big are the Stars? The distance around the earth's equator is about miles which is a long, long way to go. Yet our big round world really is just a medium- size planet A medium-size star is big enough to swallow it a million times and still have plenty of room for dessert. And a giant-size star could swallow a million medium-size stars Things up there in the sky tend to fool a person's eyes For example, when you look at the stars you see an assort- ment of big, bright ones and small, dim ones Or so it seems. Actually, some of the whoppers only look bigger because they happen to be closer to the earth Some of the dim ones may be real whoppers that look small because faraway things tend to look smaller than they real- ly are Astronomers have ways to tell the real differences between the stars. And one of the first things they say is that they come in assorted sizes called dwarfs, medium or average, giants and a few supergiants Our nearest star is our dazzling sun It rates as a medium-size star. If it were a hollow ball, it would be big enough to gobble up 1 3 million earth-size planets However, compared with some of the giant stars, our sun is a mere midget. Many of them could swallow more than a million average-size suns One of these whoppers is named Antares, which happens to be the brightest star we see on clear summer nights Let's suppose our sun changed places with Antares and the big reddish-color giant appeared in the middle of our solar system. This huge starry ball would spread out way beyond the earth's orbit, which is 93 million miles from our medium-size sun. Giant Antares also would spread far beyond the orbit of Mars, which is 141 million miles from the sun Most of the stars are a little larger or a little smaller than our medium sun. A few are whoppers and a few are midgets Several dwarfs are no bigger than the planet Jupiter, which is more than 000 times bigger than the earth And at least one dwarf star is about the same size as the planet Earth The supergiant stars are big enough to swallow most of our vast solar system. Suppose our sun were replaced with the largest supergiant we know about It would engulf Mercury, Venus and the earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and spread almost halfway to the orbit of Uranus, which is the seventh planet from the sun. 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 By J. A. H. HUNTER By The CANADIAN PRESS Dec. 19, 1974 Adolf Hitler became com- mander in chief of the German Army after ousting Field Marshal von Brauchitsch 33 years ago in 1941 Hitler took over after Nazi forces suffered setbacks in the Caucasus and the failure of the assault on Moscow had denied his promise of a "gigantic operation" that would smash the Soviets His decision also was planned as a morale boost to the German people on the entry of the United States into the Second World War. 1606 The London Com- pany founded to colonize America, sent three ships 1741 Vitus Bering, ex- plorer, died. 1812 The British occupied Fort Niagara. 1882 Egerton Ryerson, educationist, died 1949 Canada, Britain and the United States agreed on standardization of military arms and fighting methods. Li'L ABNER VIJ-, BUT, MR HOUSE WE SAW SOME FLOWERS SLIPPING UNDER THIS POOR IT GIVES THE HOUSE A BAD NAME FOC TO ROAM THE HALLS T.' VJE ARE ON THE SCENT OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S UNBELIEVABLE CRIMES BUT WILL- US 2 HOU MAVE BEEN A HOCKEY H6 THINKS PONT TRUST HIM. (5 MM, .Mf HANP DOESN'T OUR SPY INFORMS THEY ARE OUT OF CANNON BALLS SHopwoe (3F BOSTON BAKEP BEANS. HI AND LOIS FATHER HAS STARTEP WORK ON THAT OLD CAR. WHAT'S ALL THAT NOISE? IT'S ATTRACTED EVERT klD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. BUGS BUNNY SIRE, YOU MUST SEE THE NEW METHOD I HAVE PEVISED TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF MY DISHWASHING CHOKES 'OH, Al_L AS I IMMERSE THIS PLATE INTO THIS SEA OF SUDS, I ACTIVATE THE FAN THEN, 5Y HOLDING IT IN FPONT OF THE FAN, THE CROCKERY IS DRIED BLONWE I LL MEET YOU AT ROSALIE'S HOUSE AT TWO O'CLOCK v- ANP PLEASE DON'T WEAR YOUR BLUE DRESS BECAUSE I'M WEARING MINE- m DIALING A WRONG NUMBER DOESN'T EVEN FAZE HER ARCHIE MOM SAID SHE. JUST BOUGHT A I HEARD WHAT YOLM BOUGHT.- SHOULD I 6ET SOME EXTRA BUTTER SO VDU WHY CAN BREAK IT HAGAR THE HORRIBLE A OF MY TRUE LOVE, HERE'S MY SAI MOTHER'S BEETLE BAILEY TRANSLATION: MOW CAN A MAN SLEEP WITH ALL TMAT AN OFFICE AND WORK TO SB TUMBLEWEEOS HELLO, COWPOY. YOU'RE PROBAPLY WORRYING APOUT WHAT 10 6ET ME FOR CHRISTMAS... WITH ME IT'S NOTTHE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS'