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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuttday, July 17, 1973 YOUR HOROSCOPE By JEAN6 DIXON WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Your birthday today: Ear- ly progress places you in a larger space which requires more Intensity and discipline to fill. Seek in prayer the wisdom to know what and when to discard; do it! Es- tablished relatsionships en- dure; new contacts are diffi- cult. Today's natives have limitless patience, a knack lor concealing things. ARIES (March 1-ApriI Confusing details persist, in- cluding some recently added ones. New acquaintances should remain just that, temporar- ily. TAURUS (April 20-May Continue work already started, disregard temptations to switch directions and methods. Even expert advice is off the mark. LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. Sudden infant deaths explored Dear Dr. Lamb May I call your attention to your article in the newspaper "The Sud- den Unexplained Crib Death." I am an R.N., and have been night supervisor in a small general hospital with very limited help, no interns. I was chief of all trades, in a rural area. I had everything imagin- able. However, we had a small nursery and I tried to keep close contact as much as pos- sible. On occasion I would find a baby in the crib wedged against the side corner of the crib almost asphyxiated, cy- anosed, muscus rolling from its mouth and nose due to the incarceration of same. I was always lucky enough to resus- citate the child. According to my observa- tion, due to lack of oxygen, as a result of labored respira- tion, the lungs fill with muscus and when the doctor does a post mortem examination he frequently states the baby died of pneumonia. This has occurred In older babies, due also to inadequate feeding. They go feeling with their mouths for their bottle until they'feel something and progressively work against it until they get wedged up and choke. Doctors don't Hunk nurses know anything even though we witness the act. We are in close contact with the patient, and we should know some of the symptoms of course, we are not allowed to judge theor- etically, but practically we should judge and give our opin- ion A nurse's opinion is never asked. Please accept my apology if I have overstepped my quota- tion. Dear Header There are a number of ways in which in- fants can be asphysiated and you have described one possi- ble way. However, asphyxia- tion is not what most people are talking about in terms of sudden infant death. The sud- occur with the baby lying nor- mally in the crib with no indi- cation that there was any other complicating factor, or the baby may die suddenly even, on rare occasions, in the moth- er's arm. I would' like to emphasize again that in the real sudden unexplained deaths there isn't anything the parents could have done about it, or any other person who is supervising the infant, and there is no rea- son for them to have guilt feelings about what they could have done, or should have done, or shouldn't have done. Having said that, I'd like to say that your point is of inter- est and it's very important for people to appreciate that young infants can get asphyxi- ated in a number of different ways. Constant vigHence is necessary to protect babies from such problems. You've emphasized a good point about problems of asphyxiation and it certainly is difficult some- times to tell with ordinary ex- aminations afterwards if that was the real problem. I don't agree with you that most doctors don't value the nurse's opinion. We depend on their notes, observations, and recognize their invaluable help even in the most critically ill patients, such as their vital role in our coronary care units and intensive care units. Good doctors appreciate a good nurse and that's why so many nurses have been given in- creased responsibilities, par- ticularly in recent years. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this news- paper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's new booklet on di- verticulosis, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Divertfcnlosis" booklet. GEMINI (May 21-June Old contacts come up for re- newal, bringing progress re- ports. Put in what work you must, get away as soon as pos- sible. CANCER (June 21-July Shared expenses are the fea- sible approach to today's en- joyment. Group prosperity car- ries all along easier. LEO (July 23-Aug. Be- ing definite- in communication is essential if there is a way to misunderstand, people find it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. All transactions take on specu- lative qualities. Buy only what you need for the short-term, research major deals. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. The rare art of letting well enough alone is your test area today. Whatever is mysterious will come into view shortly. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. You must wait for sentimental j expressions. Meanwhile, read nothing extra into news or per- sonal remarks. Sagittarius ov. 22 Dec. Concentrated effort is fa- vored. Short cuts not only fail, but generate confusion. Friends are tactless. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Your intuition is needed, but may run contrary to ex- ternal symptoms and declared information. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. The logic may be perfect, the system complete, but still take a false direction. Specula- tive enthisiasm runs high. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Discretion is part of the story; waiting for other sides to the controversy is another. Keep opinions to yourself. 1973, The Chicago Tribune IU5EDWTKC TAKE EACH WWA5IT CAMS- eaa eaai AW PHILOSOPHY HAS CHAN6EP TUMBLEWEEDS-By Tom K. Ryan iNsSSm jIHlfSEWIIvJgmPBALWnHlB VMP.ASF;