Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD February 27, 1975 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb Last winter I started having spells of not being able to get my breath. 1 thought I was dying. It only happens in the night when I am asleep. 1 jump out of bed gasping for my breath and my husband hits me on my back several times. Gradually I start getting my breath, little by little. A few weeks ago I had a terrible spell and could not breathe. I thought t was a goner. That was the first spell in several months and about the sixth or seventh spell in a year. My family doctor says it may be from nerves, but I don't agree with him as it only happens in my sleep It's a terrible feeling not being able to get your breath. Incidentally I am 55 and I have high blood pressure, around 170, and I do take nerve pills. I would like to know your opinion and what you think could be the cause. Dear Reader Your story sounds like paroxysmal noc- turnal dyspnea. What does that mean? Recurrent bouts of not being able to get your breath at night. And, if it is so, it is important. Sometimes it is difficult to separate this problem from apparent breathlessness associated with anxiety. Oc- casionally a person may have a nightmare or be anxious, then awake, and overbreathe, a condition called hyperven- tilation. However, the symp- toms are a bit different' and your doctor should be able to separate them. Small blood clots to the lungs can cause breathlessness, but this doesn't occur repeatedly just at night. Also nervousness causing breathlessness usual- ly doesn't occur just at night a few hours after going to sleep. The classical case of parox- ysmal nocturnal dyspnea is as you described it. The person will go to bed with no symp- toms at ail. Several hours after going to sleep, the patient will awaken with the breathless attack. As the at- tack subsides, the person can lie down again and go to sleep for the rest of the night without trouble. Then when the doctor sees the patient there is nothing to see or hear. The lungs are clear and there is nothing but the story. These episodes commonly occur in people who have some disease involving the left side of the heart. High blood pressure is such a dis- ease. Individuals with high blood pressure who begin to have some weakening of the heart from the overload of pressure may develop such at- tacks. t The actual breathlessness is caused by the accumulation of a small amount of fluid in the lungs after you have been ly- ing down. An x ray taken im- mediately after the attack may show diffuse increased fluid in the lungs. The attacks are somewhat like a severe asthmatic attack. Some of the medicines used in asthmatics are useful, but some of these are avoided because of the associated heart condition. Often the problem will res- pond to one of the digitalis medicines. By strengthening j the heart muscle with digitalis the accumulation of the small amount of fluid in the' lungs doesn't occur and the attacks disappear. Since you already have high blood pressure I would certainly i give this serious consideration in view of your history, i Send your questions to Dr. Astrological Forecast by Sydney Omarr MNTO THE FRI. FEB. 28 Gemini .women seem always to be making me laugh at the wrong times. I find charming the gesticulations of this woman, the way she touches and points and, many times, holds her hands up to the high heavens, as imploring divine guidance for an im- possible problem me. How is your restless Gemini creature? City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on cholesterol, send 50 cents and a long self addressed stamped envelope to the same address and ask for the "Cholesterol" booklet. ARIES (March 21-Apri] Roadblocks are present for a purpose. Heed slow down warning signals. One who painted free and easy pic- Lamb, in'care of this new- ture was misinformed. Now spaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio vou understanding and realize meaning of challenge. Pisces, Virgo persons figure prominently. TAURUS (April 20-May Pick and choose avoid carelessness based on emo- tion minus logic. Best now to finish rather than to initiate projects. Key is-to mend differences with co workers, to streamline services, to deliver what has been promised. Aries, Libra in- dividuals are likely to be in picture. GEMINI (May 21-June Lunar aspect tells of differences with young per- sons, emotional outbursts, money involvement which re- quires "sane discussion." Get to heart of matters. Hold off on accusations. One you care for does want recon- ciliation. CANCER (June 21-July Trust intuitive intellect. You are able to sense what is to oc- cur. Aquarius, Leo persons could figure prominently. Ac- cent is on revision of ideas, programs. Relatives may be in "fighting mood." You are asked to assume heavier responsibility. Go along but be cautious. LEO (July 23-Aug. You tend now to be confused, slightly "flushed." Means you may be asking too much, too soon. Gemini, Sagittarius could figure prominently. Avoid making definite com- mitment. What surrounds you is due to sudden change. You will want to be in flexible position. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Don't mix money and friendship at risk of losing in both areas. Be specific. Check details. Review basics. Do your homework. Aquarius, Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Each letter stands for a different digit. Of course you will do this, but do remember it entails having a truly prime STAMP. STAMP THAT MAIL PLEASE (Answer tomorrow) Thanks for idea to S. Ontario. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Feb. 27, 1975 The last big battle of the Boer War was fought 75 years ago in 1900 at Paardeberg, South Africa. Canadian units led a pre-dawn assault on Boer lines but were forced back with heavy casualties. The Boers sur- rendered the following day, having been surrounded and exhausted since the fight began Feb. 18. 1558 Russia's first trade mission reached Britain. 1931 A Canadian order in council banned imports from the Soviet Union. Scorpio and Leo persons could be in picture. Pull tight on financial reins. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Be ready to analyze and arrive at deductions, conclusions. Plans have been changed. Budget has been revamped. That may be con- fusing but should not 'be "tragic." Refuse to abandon sense of humor. One in posi- tion to help is impressed with your potential. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Home life can become more harmonious. Taurus, Libra persons figure prominently. Behind scenes, one you have practically forgotten is battl- ing for your rights. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Friends may mean well but they tend to get you inextricably involved in com- plicated situations. Refuse to commit yourself to definite course. Element of deception is present, deliberate or otherwise. Romance should not be ruled out of picture. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. You know where you stand, how much pressure to exert. Older person, who fascinates you, will try to do something practical for your benefit. Adhere to prin- ciples. What was a losing proposition could be something else. Extra time and work will be your twin allies. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. You can strike chord of universal appeal; means you get chance to test pulse of public. Enlarge horizons. See beyond the immediate. Get range of sound and fury. Aries, Taurus and Libra per- sons will keep you busy. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Direct approach is path to success. Strive to be you. Means be original. Stick to what you know. Shove off any tendency to pretend. What has been taboo becomes open for discussion and action. Leo, Aquarius could be involved. IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY you are direct, independent, creative and somewhat arrogant. Leo and Aquarius persons play impor- tant roles in your life. January and October are your most significant months of 1975. You are a poet, artist with practical ambitions. You are jealous, passionate and tend to become involved in "dangerous" emotional triangles. HI AND LOIS Ask Andy Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF Koth vulnerable. West deals. NORTH 964.1 4097 WEST EAST VQ1052 41063 4542 SOUTH South 1 4 2 NT 3 Pass AQ7 AKJ8 The bidding: West North East Pass Pass 1 Pass 3 4 Pass 3 NT Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: Two of For many years the Netherlands were, a forci> to be reckono.d with in the European Championships. but in the 1974 event held in Herzliya, Israel, their for- tunes waned. In mitigation it must be state'd that they fielded only one experienced pair. However, the play of some of their newcomers showed promise for the future, as J. Meyer illus- trated by making an "im- possible" game on this hand. Despite the fact that North had bid the suit, West elected to lead a heart. This turned out to he his side's best lead. Meyer made his first good play when he won East's king of hearts with the ace. A holdup play would have been fatal in (his in- PORCUPINE QUILLS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Martin Sloan, age 14, of Crown Point, N.M., for his question: How does a porcupine get his quills? In the world of nature, each animal species is born with talents to make a living and to defend himself from his foes. The porcupine is a born tree climber with tough teeth for chewing his favorite foods. His natural defense is a pin- cushion coat of deadly prickles. Since he is classified among the furry mammals, this seems rather odd. Our native porcupine is at home in the northern and central forests of junipers, poplars and conifers. It is said that the peaceable fellow never attacks another animal. However, his or so spiky, quills are deadly weapons of defense. The parents mate in the fall, and junior is born seven months later. Compared with the size of his mother he is perhaps the biggest baby in the world. He is fully alert and fully clothed even with his quota of prickles. If those baby prickles were hard and sharp, the childbirth might be dangerous to the poor mother. However, they are quite soft, somewhat like pliable plastic. For the first 10 days of his life, the 1-pound 12- inch porcupine is defenseless. Then his quills become hard, and he is well equipped to take care of himself and almost ready to go off onf his own. Usually he prefers to live a rather solitary life, dining on tree bark and greenery. West won the ten of spades Sometimes he raids a corn- with the ace, bul that re- field, and always he hungers moved the entry to his for traces of salt. When possi- hearls. Declarer had the ble he uses his rodent teeth to time to drive out Inviting of chew ax handles and other ob- spades and establish his jects touched by sweaty, salty game-going I rick in I hat suit, human hands. stance, for if South does nol lake his acp. Easl returns the jack of hearts. Even if South holds up again. West can establish a third heart trick for his side by over- taking with the queen and returning a Inw heart In drive out the ace. Even so, declarer had only eight heart, three diamonds and four clubs. The ninth trick would have to come from the sp.iiic suit. However, il would nol do Jo lead a spade from the Soulh hand would.win and cash .the jack of hearts, then put his partner on lead with the ace of spades to cash two more hearts for a one-trick set. Meyer gave himself the best chance by leading a dia- mond to the king at trick two and then playing a spade off the hoard. Looking at all four hands, it is easy to see that East can defeat the hand by rising with the king of spades and returning a heart. But that would be a fatal play if declarer's spade holding were something like A-J-x and he was missing one of the minor-suit aces. Declarer had made life diffi- cult for the defenders by forcing East to make a decision in front of the closed hand. It is only just that Easl did. in fact, play low, and now there was no defense. He does most of his dining at dusk and dawn. Part of the day usually is spent dozing in his den, in the ground or a hollow tree. The two- or three-inch quills are superhard and highly polished. Both ends are tapered, and their bases are lightly attached to the skin. The tips bear barbs. When jabbed into an at- tacking enemy, these barbs explode backward. The quills cannot be extracted without tearing the flesh, and often the defeated foe goes away to die from his porcupine wounds. 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