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Your letters to "LifeTimes"

Hearty chuckle over hearing loss

Dear Editor:

This is my comment about "H of H" (Let the World Know about Your Hearing Loss, spring 2013):

I live in small town USA, and I wear two hearing aids. One morning, I assembled myself early because I had to go to the drug store. I was the first one there, but it wasn't long until a long line was behind me. We all knew each other and enjoyed visiting.

When the window opened, there was a very kind and tactful sales lady. Of course, it is the law that she must ask your date of birth before you get your medication. She whispered something to me, and I said, "What?"

Again, she mumbled something. However, before I could again say, "What?" the man at the end of the line called out, "August 1927." We all had a good laugh!

Small Town USA, hearing aids and all. You gotta love it.

Betty Hopkins, Alton, Illinois

Ways to help others hear you

Dear Editor:

When my audiologist tried to talk me into buying new, very expensive hearing aids, I told her I would rather give her a million dollars if she could get people to stop talking so fast. She replied, "You will give me a million dollars?" I said, "I sure will." She said, "Are you really sure?" I replied, "It would be well worth it."

With that, she went out of the room and came back and pinned on me a large badge that said, "Please speak slowly."

I immediately asked her for some scratch paper so I could "scribble out a million."

Also, "hearing-deficit people" need to hear the truth of what is being said and should have speakers abide by the "Ten Commandments of Communication:"

  1. Thou shall not speak from another room.
  2. Thou shall not speak with your back turned.
  3. Thou shall not speak while walking away.
  4. Thou shall not start speaking and turn your head away.
  5. Thou shall not speak in competition with running water, TV, etc.
  6. Thou shall get the attention of a person before speaking.
  7. Thou shall try to speak face-to-face at all times.
  8. Thou shall not obstruct your face while speaking.
  9. Thou shall try to be patient.
  10. Thou shall try to speak slowly and distinctly.

Dr. R. Dressel, Palos Heights, Illinois

Pain medication not a hospice requirement

Dear Editor:

Quite frequently, one of my hospice volunteers sends me a copy of "LifeTimes" if there is something relevant to hospice care, as there was in the summer 2013 issue (Dying with dignity).

I want to point out that, in this very well-done piece, there is one error in paragraph two: "It lets terminally ill patients spend their final days, weeks, or months taking pain medications to ease physical symptoms." Not every terminally ill patient is in pain. Not every terminally ill patient, for various reasons, wants to take pain medications. Your article implies that all hospice patients take pain medication, and this is just not true. I don't want people unfamiliar with hospice to come away with the thought that they must take medication if they are to be in hospice.

Thanks for your attention to this detail.

Barb Zerby, coordinator of volunteer services, Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, Hinsdale, Ill.

Other Lincoln sites

Dear Editor:

Just read your article on Lincoln (Reel vs. real: Lincoln legacy lives on in Illinois), and I'm surprised you didn't mention Lincoln, Ill., and Lincoln College, about 30 miles north of Springfield off Interstate 55.

People should visit Lincoln Heritage Museum located on the Lincoln College campus. It's filled with Lincoln memorabilia and personal items.

The town, named in Lincoln's honor, was christened by him personally with juice from a watermelon.

We learned about Lincoln College when our daughter attended for her first two years of college. It was a great experience both for her and us.

Bill Holtane, Des Plaines, Ill.

Witty "LifeTimes" readers

Several readers wrote in with their own word plays and riddles in response to our spring 2013 story, Time to tickle your funny bone.

From Karen Baldwin of Dekalb, Ill.:

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims.

From D. McCluskey of Wilmette, Ill.:

The cowardly carpet was frayed of people walking on it.

At your bookstore: "Origins of Gin and Whiskey," by Al K. Hall and "Small Fish in the Mediterranean," by Ann Chovey.