Dear Heloise: I read your column every day in the San Antonio Express-News.
In response to a recent suggestion about keeping a list of all medications in a wallet, I wanted to take it a few steps further.
I keep a copy of not only all OTC medications, prescriptions, and supplements, but also vaccines (flu, COVID, etc.). It also includes operations and when they were performed. It also shows which medicines I am allergic to. I keep a copy in my wallet and a copy in my car. I also keep an envelope on the dash in my car that includes medication, but also who to contact in case of an accident and a copy of my advanced instruction.
I do this because I am 78 years old and still go on many road trips. If something happens to me during one of these trips, at least the first responders will have a warning. Also, a good tip is to have your emergency contacts identified on your phone as ICE (in case of emergency). Again, thinking of the first responders. – Marshall Jackson, Cibolo, Texas
NO MORE BLOGGERS
Dear Heloise: I iron my clothes every week and I was surprised that no one had answered the lady in Wisconsin about how to keep her iron from jamming again. I have been using distilled water in my iron for years! And there are no white mineral spots or stains on the clothes I am ironing. Happy ironing! – Mary, Chino Hills, California
REDUCE YOUR ENERGY BILL
Dear Heloise: To lower your electricity bill, unplug all your TV cable boxes. Enter them only when you need them. The cable industry has done nothing to keep their boxes energy efficient. Save $20 per month, per box. – Kyle Nienberg, Lima, Ohio
Dear Heloise: Before opening any can with a can opener, I either wash or rinse the top of the can. Cans travel hundreds or thousands of miles and are stored in a warehouse, where they can pick up dirt or contamination during shipping.
By cleaning the can, you don’t “push” dirt or dander in the can containing the food. – Greg Sommer, Los Alamitos, California
BEWARE of the crockery drawer
Dear Heloise: Most of my cutlery and serving dishes have the same handle. I started putting the handle on the back. Now, at a glance, I can see if I’m getting the item I want – like a slotted spoon, fork, etc. – Phyllis Holsinger, via email
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