Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD February 4, 1975 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb How long can a bruise produce clots? Wouldn't medicine to reduce the clots cause them to travel? 1 was kicked by a horse on the outside of the thigh 20 months ago. At the time there was a large bruise. It appeared to form rivers that ran out from the main bruise and extra bruised areas appeared on my leg and on the inside of the knee. Within a week I had severe headaches that I couldn't attribute to tension or sinus. There was swelling on the side of the head where the headache occurred. One day I awakened with one side of my face swollen and aching dreadfully and retired with the other side affected. The site of the bruise has flattened as if the muscles were gone. Why? Yet, I am very active and climb many hills, and that leg isn't any weaker than the other. At the site of the kick there are lumps I can feel. I have a bruise on my other leg from bumping into the pickup tailgate, and it, too, has a lit- tle lump almost dead center. Are these lumps clots? Will they disappear? Dear Reader A bruise and a clot are not the same thing. I'm sure in the wake of former President Nixon's' problems everyone with a bruise is going to be more con- scious of the problem. A bruise results from a tear in the wall of the blood vessels that allows blood to leak out of the vessel into the sur- rounding tissues. If you get hit or kicked by a horse the injured blood vessels literally leak blood. The smallest blood vessels break because they have the thinnest walls and are more easily broken than the larger thick-walled veins. The blood that leaks out can clot, but since it is outside of a vein it is not going to go anywhere. At least it won't dislodge and travel with the circulation. If the leak is in a place where the tissues are loose, as under the skin, a lot of blood can accumulate before the leaked blood creates enough pressure to close the small blood vessels. Of course, if the injury is to a large vein, in addition to the leak of blood that causes the bruise, a clot can form at the site of injury of the vein. This clot in a larger vein can be dislodged and travel in the cir- culation to the heart and lungs. As the leaked blood is gradually reabsorbed by the body, it may cause scarring. The blood accumulation acts much like an injury and it is possible to have damage to the muscle that would cause the appearance of lost muscle you describe. The elimination of the last part of the clot and formation of the scar is probably responsible for the knots you are describing. To prevent further changes large clots in some location are sometimes removed sur- gically. Of course this is not done if there is a bleeding tendency and each case is different. The length of time it takes to eliminate the leaked blood or external clot depends a lot on its size and location. I doubt your headache had any relation to the bruise at all. The swelling on one side at night and on the other side at the end of the day probably was related to the difference in your head position while sleeping and while being up and about. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care'of this news- paper, P.O. Box 1351, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on cholesterol, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for the "Cholesterol" booklet. Astrological Forecast by Sydney Omarr Fun with figures By J.A.H. Hunter Each distinct letter in this addition stands for a par- ticular but differetn digit. Start with the letter S. You .can surely see what its value must be here, and from that you get the value of the letter L. Then it shouldn't take you long to find our SEAL. LE T'S SEE SEA (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: Glen's number was 17. I Flashback 1862 The Battle Hymn of the Republic, written by Julia Ward Howe, was published in Atlantic Monthly. 1920 RAF college founded at Cranwell, England. 1941 British 7th Armored Division encircled Benghazi and cut off the retreat of the Italian Army in Cyrenaica. 1954 The most northerly group of islands in Canada was named Queen Elizabeth Islands. February 5 Cancer can display "surprising shyness." Usually, these natives are on the square, forthright, deter- mined, concerned with prac- tical issues and fiercely loyal to family. However, there are occasions when the "usual" or classical Cancer turns inward and seems almost apologetic about asking, making requests or giving opinions. Many born under this sign are only now emerging from a recent per- iod where emotions were bruised, even shattered. In 1975, Cancer makes a come- back and September should be a month of great achieve- ment. ARIES (March 21 April Your "vision" clears you perceive, see, sense, get finger on pulse of what is happening. Now is time to check travel folders, to plan ahead for vacation, to study another language, to open lines of communication. Con- tact made at social affair could be valuable. TAURUS (April 20 May Those who perform special services may not be telling the whole truth, nothing but the truth. You will have to do some checking, investigating. It is now necessary to get to heart of matters without further delay. Get going! GEMINI (May 21 June Study Taurus message for valid information. You are due for changes in basic procedures. Some restless persons, not concerned with tradition, force the hands of those in authority. You may feel "caught in the middle." Lie low do more listening than asserting. CANCER (June 21 July Go slow be diplomatic. Make gesture of reconcilia- tion to family member. Beautify surroundings. Purchase item desired by one close to you. Deal with Taurus, Libra persons. Keep diet, health resolutions. LEO (July 23 Aug. Love, romance, illusion, creative urges these now are spotlighted. You could "be a hit" before the cameras. skip essentials. If you stand strong on principles; you win. Otherwise, you'll eventually be embarrassed. The choice is your own! LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. Finish what you start. Find better ways of getting message, news to more per- sons more of the time. Eschew gossip. Instead, provide package which is practical, utilitarian and leaves no room for doubt about quality. You'll under- stand! SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. Costs, budgets are apt to be deceptive. Key now is to get new accounting and have "your people" on firing line. Means stop trusting to faith, chance or whatever. Instead, do something to protect your interests financial and otherwise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Cycle is high; what appeared a setback will boomerang in your favor. Specifically, older person who placed roadblock in your path will recant, draw back and nake major concession. You will land on your feet and eventually dictate your own terms! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Be versatile, flexible and social. Your innate shyness should be overcome for benefit of all, especially yourself. Gemini, Sagittarius persons figure prominently. What is important occurs in areas considered "off limits." AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Friend could aid in pro- ject which spells profit. You are able to collect, to add to personal possessions. You gain plaudits. You are flattered. Some wishes are fulfilled expecially in area of romance. PISCES (Feb. 19 March You gain added recognition. Your ability to perceive beyond "known means" is emphasized. Be prepared for inquiries, flattery and some skeptical, verbal onslaughts. Gemini, Virgo individuals figure prominently. IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY you are vital, THREE WEEK'S A60 ME KNEU HE WAS TO HAVE A STOMACHACHE TOBVC THAT'S AMAZIN6! HOW PIP HE KNflU) THAT I I HEARP THE BEASLE CALL AW NAME SNOWFUkTES ARE ALIKE DO you BELIEVE THAT? BUGS BUNNY Boss, THERE'S A GUV OUT- SIPE WITH TM' INITIALS HIS BRIEFCASE GOOD MOKNINS.' HELLO.' IRVING KOTHMEKE SINKSLETON, AT YOUR SERVICE HOW ARE: YOU FIXED FOR, INSURANCE? BLONME MAY 1 PLEASE HAVE AMOTHER PIECE OF THATDELICIOUS WALNUT FUDGE CAKE? ONLY IF YOU LET ME SOY TMATNEW DRESS I'VE BEEN) WANTING THE WAY TO A MAN'S PQCKETBOOK IS THROUGH HIS STOMACH ARCHIE Your personal magnetism restless, great with words, shines you can sell anything. Be ready for variety, intensified relationship and news which could indicate upcoming change of scenery. VIRGO (Aug. 23 Sept. Business, responsibility, abili- ty to handle challenge these areas are accented. Build on solid base. Refuse to skimp or fond of reading, writing and usually successful in relationships with opposite sex. June should be very im- portant. Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius persons play significant roles in your life. You are daring, stubborn and difficult to live with but almost impossible for many to "give up." Goren on Bridge Ask Andy BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF 8 Both vulnerable. North deals. NORTH AJ10 WEST EAST 4-J76 9109732 4104 SOUTH 4109842 9Q64 972 The bidding: North East South West 2 NT Pass 3 Pass 4 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: King of Good defense does not necessarily involve brilliant or unusual plays. Logical in- ferences from the play of the cards and putting those de- ductions into practice can produce spectacular results. Consider this hand from a recent team tournament in Amsterdam, Netherlands. South might have passed his partner's two no trump opening bid. However, he thought his hand would be near trickless in no trump, while at a spade contract it could produce two or three tricks. So he bid his five-card suit, and North raised to game. West led the king of dia- monds, and declarer took his best shot when he captured the monarch and turned a diamond to West's queen. West continued with a dia- mond to the jack. Declarer then led a low heart from dummy. East paused to take stock. The declared had played on diamonds before touching trumps, risking a ruff, was significant. Ap- parently he was having some difficulty drawing trumps, for obviously entries to his hand were at a premium. East, therefore, concluded that declarer was trying to FLYING SNAKES Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Jeff Gaddy, age Florence, S.C., for his question: Are there really flying snakes? Certainly there are creatures called flying snakes, also flying squirrels and even flying fish. However, the bird world would pooh pooh this whole idea, claiming that in order to qualify as a genuine flier, a creature must green or black, spotted with vivid green or rows of scarlet beads. These quick, agile creatures scout the boughs for lizards, frogs and other live snacks. When one of them comes to the end of.a branch, he coils loosely around a twig and uncoils like a spring to fling himself across two or three feet of empty space. Other flying snakes, having special expandable ribs, do even better. When in flight from tree to tree, they pull in their tummies and curve their ribs to form a concave hollow be endowed with flappable reach his hand in hearts" So win6s- The snakes, of course, along their undersides. This despite the saying that aces nave no or limbs of any enables them to glide on sort. Nevertheless, several species do manage to hurl themselves through the air. were made to-capture kings. East rose with the ace of hearts and locked declarer in dummy by returning a heart. Declarer did the best he could by leading ace -and another spade. However, West played his remaining diamond after winning the king of spades, and East scored his jack of spades en passant. Down one. Had East unthinkingly followed low to the first, round of hearts, declarer could have made his con- tract. After winning the queen of hearts, he finesses the queen of spades and con- cedes a heart. When he next gains the lead, declarer draws a second round of trumps and maneuvers a heart ruff in dummy, and the only other trick for the de- fense is the high trump. Notice that it would not have helped for declarer to lead the king of hearts off dummy. East ducks the first round, wins the second and returns a club, again ma- rooning declarer in dummy, just where he doesn't want to be. Years ago, the people of Malaya and Indonesia told visiting experts about their fantastic flying snakes. They explained that these long, slender creatures slither to the treetops, turn themselves into birds and fly. They land on other trees, where they wait for genuine birds to make an appearance. Then the tricky acrobats become snakes again and guess what's for dinner? Naturally, no serious minded scientists swallowed this impossible snaky story. And it was some time before they even believed that a snake could hurl himself through the air. Nowadays, this remarkable acrobatic feat has been captured by slow motion cameras. We have positive proof that cer- tain tree snakes can and do fly through the air with the greatest of ease. All of them are long, skinny tree snakes and expert climbers of the jungle treetops. They may be leafy cushions of air from tree to tree. These aerial acrobats may be able to guide their flights to some extent. Their slender bodies are so light that even when they make bumpy landings there is no serious injury. Not too much is known about their family lives, though most of the flying snakes seem to be egg layers. Some and perhaps all of them have binocular and stereo- scopic vision which makes it easier to spot possi- ble dinners lurking in the leafy neighborhood. 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