Packing for Two
Dear Heloise: We recently came back from a trip, and although my husbandís LUGGAGE arrived at the hotel with us, mine was lost at the airport! However, I had planned ahead and had packed one complete outfit, including underwear and shoes, in my husbandís bags, which I wore until the airlines could get my bags to me. I also packed a complete outfit for my husband in my bag. This way, if one of us loses their luggage, we still have something to change into until our luggage arrives.
Also, I always carry my makeup and toiletries in my carry-on bag, along with all medications and a mini first-aid kit. -- Mary Jane W., Lowell, Mass.
This can be a trip-saving idea. -- Heloise
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ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS
Dear Heloise: I know doctors use electronic medical records to keep a patientís records on file, but I donít think I like that idea. If hackers can break into the Pentagon, what is to keep them out of medical information that I might like to keep private? How can I ensure my privacy? -- Toni C., West Palm Beach, Fla.
Toni, as technology progresses, there are better safeguards on computer programs. There are many benefits of electronic medical records:
* Many providers allow patients to have an online portal to access their own records.
* You have the right to ask your doctor about who would be allowed to view your medical records.
* Doctors can view your medical records, medications and health concerns if you should happen to be sick or injured in another city or state.
* It helps reduce the cost of medical care by reducing duplication of records. -- Heloise
DID YOU KNOW?
* Mammals are the only animals with flaps around the ears.
* An annoyed camel often will spit at people.
* The pig is rated fourth in intelligence in the animal world.
* Fish and insects have eyes that are protected by hardened lenses because they donít have eyelids.
* In the 1830s, ketchup was sold as medicine.
* One pound of honey requires honeybees to visit 2 million flowers for its production.
* The tea bag was introduced in New York in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I like to bake yeast bread and rolls. I prefer the method of dissolving the yeast in warm water rather than just adding it to the dry ingredients. I find that the dough is much easier to handle this way.
I also have the following cleaning hint: Before washing the bread-mixing bowl, scrub it vigorously with a dry paper towel, dispose of the crumbs, then wash.
I enjoy your column in the Finger Lakes (New York) Times. -- Ruth Van K., Geneva, N.Y.
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