DEAR DR. GOTT: I am an 87-year-old female. June 2007, I had a very bad stroke and am now in a rehab facility because my left side is paralyzed. I have Restless Legs Syndrome. Requip no longer works, I get little sleep, and it is driving me nuts. A friend told me you had a soap remedy that might help me. I am counting on you!
DEAR ABBY: My daughter, who is being married in three months, mentioned to me that her fiance's friends have a tradition of covering the newlyweds' car with condoms. Whatever happened to tin cans and a "Just Married" sign?
English author Sir Henry Taylor, who died in 1886, wrote, "Shy and unready men are great betrayers of secrets; for there are fewer wants more urgent for the moment than the want of something to say."
In the year ahead, you will enter into a promising side venture that is apt to start out small but could easily grow into something quite large. It might be a project of a lifetime, which will never happen again.
DEAR ABBY: I was raised by a horrible stepmom who made it her purpose in life to make my brother and me miserable. When I became a stepmom, I made it my goal to be the best one I could be, and for the next 15 years was a giving, loving stepmother to both my husband's children.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I read your letter from the 57-year-old lady with hot flashes. I also was bothered with the problem until someone told me to take bee pollen. I took 550 milligrams twice daily and haven't had any flashes for years. I hope you can pass this on.
DEAR ABBY: I'm hosting what's called a Naked Ladies Party. It's where all the women come over with all the clothing, accessories, jewelry, etc. they no longer want. We strip down to our skivvies, try on each other's stuff, then vote on who should get to keep it. (Basically, we just swap items to get new ones.)
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am 78 years old. When I was 76, I developed a cough and mucus in my throat. I have never smoked, so my doctor told me it was from allergies. I have never had allergies before. He prescribed Allegra-D, to be taken twice a day on an empty stomach. I take it diligently, but most times I find the pills still whole in the toilet after having a bowel movement. My husband cleans the septic tank every year and asked me who was throwing away pills. I am too embarrassed to tell my doctor about it ...
On Labor Day in 1903, Teddy Roosevelt said, "Far and away the best prize life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
In the year ahead, you will be proven wrong that there are no opportunities out there for you. It looks as if you'll be joining someone with whom you were previously successful. This team will still have its magic.
What do you think about squeeze plays? Impossible? For experts only?
The year ahead will provide many fresh and substantial avenues for applying some valuable lessons you're learned in the past. These new contributions to your affairs will make all the difference and help achieve your goals.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I read your column about a person who seems to have the same progressive disorder of the spinal discs that I have. I have enclosed the doctor's report of my MRI.
DEAR ABBY: "Missing the Old Days in Arizona City" (May 8), the mother of a small child, wondered how parents can feel safe raising kids in a world that is "crazy and scary." I, too, worry about the state of the world today, but find comfort in my children and in the fact that I am trying to raise them to be among the "good guys."
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 76-year-old male. I am 6 feet tall and weigh 175 pounds. My blood pressure ranges from 109 to 125/56 to 68, with a pulse between 44 and 53. I take an 81-miligram aspirin, a 10-milligram lisinopril and a multivitamin every day. I exercise daily by walking, biking or lifting weights.