DEAR DR. GOTT: I am 64 years old and in good health but take five medications. About two months ago, I got a cold and was given a Z-pack. It didn't help, so I was given Levaquin. Now I cannot smell or taste. How can I bring these senses back?
Kenneth Grahame, a Scottish author who died in 1932, said, "The strongest human instinct is to impart information; the second strongest is to resist it."
Organization and proper planning will greatly strengthen your possibilities for success in the year ahead, and they will be the major reasons for you making such leaps and bounds in both your personal and work-related life.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I have had a high cholesterol level for several years. As a 67-year-old female, I try to eat responsibly and really feel my condition is hereditary since my two sisters have the same problem. Whatever the cause, my doctor put me on Vytorin to help lower my levels. Is he on the right track, and should I go along with his recommendation, or is there something better out there to get my levels under control?
In the year ahead, take advantage of all opportunities at hand to advance your interests, because they won't pass this way again. If you keep waiting for something better to come along, you'll never make any progress.
Noel Coward said, "My dear boy, forget about the motivation. Just say the lines and don't trip over the furniture."
DEAR DR. GOTT: You have written several times about Restless Legs Syndrome, but I feel you left out one very important thing. Were any of these people taking statin drugs?
Bridge deals range from near-impossible to simple, but we make some easy deals harder by not thinking straight.
There is nothing wrong with pursuing larger goals in the year ahead, but make sure that they are based on realistic premises. Once that primary requirement is met, go all out for what you hope to accomplish.
In the year ahead, be sure to increase your expertise in your chosen field of endeavor when you see what others are doing all around you. If you don't keep up, you could be left out of the fray.
It is normally correct to play toward an honor combination, but not always. How would you try to land nine tricks in no-trump on today's deal? West leads the diamond nine.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I recently went on a trip that involved traveling 1,100 miles. During that time, I developed a blood clot in my right leg that moved into the bottom of both lungs. Because of this, I had several tests done. One was a CT scan, and, during this, they incidentally found what appeared to be a tumor on one of my kidneys. I was given the anticoagulant Coumadin to start immediately and told to check out the kidney problem when I got home.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 50-year-old male. I recently had my gallbladder removed.
If you have one chance to make your contract, it is better than nothing. But it is even better if you have two chances to get home - as in this deal.
You are destined to do some extraordinary things in the year ahead, and you may start to break down barriers that have held you back. Whatever you do, you'll display creative talents that others didn't know existed.