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MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013

Friends help parents cope with their loss

DUSTIN BY STEVE KELLEY & JEFF PARKER

DEAR ABBY: My little girl was born with a heart defect. She made it through the first heart surgery, but passed away a week later right in front of me while the doctors and nurses tried to save her. As the date of her death gets closer, I am becoming more and more depressed. How can I remember her and share my memories in a good way when all I want to do is stay in bed and cry? — HEARTBROKEN MOMMY IN NORTH CAROLINA DEAR MOMMY: I am so sorry for your loss. A way to remember your little girl and share those memories would be to contact a group called The Compassionate Friends. It’s a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child and was started to help families cope with the loss of children of any age and from any cause.

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www.compassionatefriends. org, or call toll-free 877-9690010. This is a valuable resource for anyone who has lost a child. For an excellent guide to becoming a better conversationalist and a more sociable person, order “How to Be Popular.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Popularity Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.) DEAR ABBY is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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Today is Monday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2013. There are 29 days left in the year. On this date: • In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of the French. • In 1823, President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere. • In 1927, Ford Motor Co. formally unveiled its second Model A automobile, the successor to its Model T.

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Relieve postnasal drip with treatments each side of your nose while you’re bending over the sink or standing in the shower. The solution should flow into one nostril and out the other. You may rinse your sinuses as needed, depending on your symptoms. Also try filling a basin with hot water ASK and inhaling DOCTOR K. the air just above the surface. And a humidiDr. Anthony use fier at night. Nasal Komaroff irrigation is a little more complicated. But it is also very effective in clearing the thick mucus: (1) Mix 1 teaspoon of pure salt (no additives) in 8 ounces of warm (not hot) water.

(2) Draw the saltwater mixture into a syringe. (You can get one at your local drugstore. One type has a bulb shape. The other looks like something you’d see in a doctor’s office. Neither one has a needle.) (3) Insert the tip of the syringe in one nostril. Lean over the sink. Push gently. The solution may drain from either nostril or from your mouth. Repeat two or three times per day. Decongestant sprays may help. They shrink swollen membranes in your nose and in the passages from your nose to your sinuses. That allows the discharge to drain out of the sinuses and nose. But limit your use of decongestants to three to four days; using them too often can cause a reaction that makes membranes get swollen again, making postnasal drip worse. Decongestant pills such as pseudoephedrine may

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DEAR DOCTOR K: The worst part of a cold for me is the postnasal drip that lasts for weeks. Can I do anything to stop it? DEAR READER: I’m also a frequent sufferer from postnasal drip, so I’m pleased to say there are treatments that can help. Postnasal drip is discharge from your nose and sinuses that drips down the back of your throat. If it were coming out through your nostrils, you’d call it a “runny nose.” Following colds, the discharge typically is thin and white. If you get a sinus infection, the discharge can be thick and colored yellow, brown or green. One of the first things to try is a saline spray. Saline washes remove mucus, irritants and allergens from your nose and moisturize your nasal passages. Many saline sprays are available over-the-counter. To use these products, gently squirt the saline solution into

It sponsors a worldwide candle lighting on the second Sunday of December each year. The event is held at 7 p.m. local time and lasts for one hour. Services are also held throughout the day in hundreds DEAR of locations all 50 ABBY in states and Washington, D.C., as well Jeanne Phillips as in other countries around the world. You can post a memorial message for your daughter in the online memorial book. To locate a service near you and learn more about the work this organization does and what it offers, visit

work. But in some people, decongestants can dry out the nasal passages, making mucus thicker — just what you want to avoid. Each person responds differently to these treatments. You will need to figure out what works best for you. The human anatomy contains many wonders. The gut miraculously breaks food down into the tiniest pieces so that we can digest nutrients. The cells in the kidney and liver eliminate dangerous toxins from our body. The heart and circulation provide energy to every cell in our body, every minute of our waking and sleeping life. Then there are the sinuses. Do they serve any useful purpose? Or were we given them just to keep us humble? DR. KOMAROFF is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. His website is AskDoctorK.com.

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The News Sun – December 1, 2013  

The News Sun is the daily newspaper serving Noble and LaGrange counties in northeast Indiana.

The News Sun – December 1, 2013  

The News Sun is the daily newspaper serving Noble and LaGrange counties in northeast Indiana.