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Mind the milk
A few years
ago, when I first developed CFIDS, my symptoms included an attack of diarrhea
every morning. Just as the doctor was getting ready to order a CAT scan,
I remembered that people who are sick or recovering from surgery sometimes
become temporarily lactose intolerant.
I stopped drinking milk and milk products such as cheese
and ice cream, and the diarrhea went away. After a couple of months, I was once
again able to drink my daily glass of milk. The lactose intolerance still
strikes occasionally when Iím sickest, but now I know how to deal with it.
If you canít drink milk itís important to get your
calcium from pills or by loading up on calcium-rich foods.
Beth Kidder, Maine
Groceries on the
Whenever I am doing errands, I make sure I shop for groceries at
whatever store is nearby. Of course I would like to pick and choose at the
PathMark or Grand Union ó but sometimes the 7-11 or local deli will have to
Joan Ravallo, New Jersey
Airline security: Know your
The events of Sept. 11 have resulted in stricter safety standards
at airports across the country. But people with disabilities still have
important rights, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- You can be accompanied by a friend or family member
past security and into the main terminal. Assistants must present themselves
at the airline check-in desk to receive a pass. They also must pass through
all security checkpoints.
- You must be screened at security checkpoints like all
other passengers. You may be patted down during a screening, and this is even
more likely if you use a wheelchair and are unable to stand up. But people in
wheelchairs must be given a private screening upon request.
- The limit of one carry-on bag and one personal bag
does not apply to medical and/or assistive devices. In general, you are
permitted to carry medical equipment into the main passenger compartment.
- Assistive devices such as walkers and canes are
permitted on board. They are subject to screening for concealed devices.
- Personal wheelchairs and battery-powered scooters may
still be used to reach departure gates after they are inspected to ensure that
they do not present a security risk.
- Syringes are permitted on board once it has been
determined that the passenger has a documented medical need for them. To avoid
delays and/or denial, be sure to bring a letter from your doctor or other
supporting documents to the airport.
- Personal wheelchairs that are folding, collapsible,
or breakdown will still be allowed to be stowed in the passenger compartment
If you feel that your rights have been violated, you can
file a complaint by sending a letter to the Aviation Consumer Protection
Division, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room 4107 C-75, Washington, DC
You can also send an e-mail to email@example.com. (source:
Office of the General Counsel, Aviation Consumer Protection Division, U.S.
Department of Labor)
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