Dear Readers: I stepped out of the "Ask Amy" column for two weeks to work on a new writing project. I hope you enjoy these edited "best" columns in my absence. All these questions and answers were published for the first time 10 years ago. Today's theme: wellness.
Honey Amy: As a public health nurse and mother of four, I spend a lot of time talking about germs and healthy ones. With seasonal influenza, H1N1 and bad microbes like MRSA in the community, I'm amazed that people carry their newborns in the mall or grocery store and transfer them as postcards. For the mother who wrote you, if she keeps her young home, strangers who touch her will not be a problem. Children under 6 months do not have a fully functioning immune system. They should not be out in crowds, such as at the mall or at parties. People with babies at home (or babies looking for) should receive influenza vaccines. By immunizing anyone who comes into contact with the baby, he protects the baby who can not get the shot. This is called "herd immunity". If you love them, immunize them. If they are too young to be immunized, protect them by keeping them away from public places.
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Nurse in California: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 36,000 Americans die from flu. Some working parents have no choice but to bring their babies out of the world. Therefore, the larger community must do everything in its power to protect them.
Honey Amy: How do I deal with a friend who is bipolar? She is fine until she breaks her medicine, then becomes nasty and hateful, and I'm not sure how to forgive her what she said about me.
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Bipolar disorder is a serious illness that can be well influenced by treatment. The fluctuations in mood and behavior that people with bipolar disorder have can strain relationships. Your friend is responsible for maintaining your health and taking medication to control your illness, and your responsibility is to understand her health problems and to inform her when she behaves in a way that damages your friendship. When your friend breaks off your medications and abuses you, you have to remind her how her behavior affects you. Discuss this with her when she's stable. Ask her to pay more attention to her treatment and offer help. Your boy's disease can explain her behavior, but her weight is to admit and apologize. The National Institute of Mental Health offers a detailed description of this disease.
Honey Amy: I'm a nurse and I've been working for a doctor for 34 years. He gave me a generous expense. My son stole most of it because he's a junkie. Now he is in rehabilitation and is good so far.
Then my 27-year-old husband moved because he feels he's "not good at marriage." He has been distant from me since his retirement (five years ago).
My daughter lives in two countries. It's hard to talk to each other. She is close to her father.
I feel like a good wife and mother. I do not know what happened. I have a group of friends I like, but the loss of my family swallows me.
Any tips on how to overcome this?
Sad Mummy: In addition to providing texts for countless Western ballads, these challenging periods offer us opportunities for growth and change. It's hard to see it that way when you've just been struck, but in your life or we're adjusting, or we're stuck in our sadness. because and what you have to release. Give yourself a new beginning that each of us deserves.
Let your healthy relationships keep you and push. Search for job opportunities or volunteering by helping others. Your nurses will be welcomed by many organizations. Being helpful to others will help you feel better about yourself.
Dear readers: Are you curious about my past and the life outside of this space? Read the two memoirs: "The Powerful Queens of Fryville" and "Foreigners Telling Me About Things" that are available everywhere where books are sold or borrowed