Health Matters


I saw a cartoon on Facebook of a boy standing in a doorway wearing a backpack. His mother was standing behind him. She said, “Watch where you are walking, look before you cross the street, don’t talk to strangers, pay attention and follow directions.” He looked around and said to her, “Mom, relax. I am just going to school.”

Are you at risk for glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision — usually side vision — by damaging the optic nerve. That’s the nerve that sends information from the eyes to the brain. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may have it without having trouble seeing or feeling any pain. That’s why glaucoma is often called “the sneak thief of sight.”

he public is invited to learn about viruses and microbiology as part of Alameda Free Library’s Social Science series at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., this Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. This is a free event open to all ages.

Pain is considered chronic when it lasts for weeks, months or even years. Causes include trauma and conditions such as arthritis, cancer, infection, degenerative disc disease and neuropathies. Common complaints are headaches, low back pain, arthritis and neurogenic pain — pain that results from damaged nerves.


A client told me about a conversation with her teenage daughter. She had told her daughter about some changes that were going to be occurring in the family. The daughter responded by saying that she was very angry. A few days later, the mother asked her to spend a few hours with her, just the two of them. The daughter refused, and the mother was very distressed.