I am petrified because of this Ebola madness , I live in Texas for God's sake .
As it is , I don't like flying . Now I hardly want to go out my house . I'm supposed to fly to Washington D.C. to visit my family for Christmas and it's time to buy my ticket . How can I know if I will be on a flight that's safe ? What should I do ?
Dear Scared Flightless,
You should be concerned about what your next steps should be, especially during the holidays . Pay special attention to the 'Center for Disease Control and Prevention' website that will be giving updates on travel recommendations and Ebola in general . The going wisdom on prevention of contracting this deadly disease is to keep yourself, particularly your hands, antiseptically clean and stay away from infected people . For details , visit who.int/csr/disease/ebola/fag-ebola/en/ .
Dear Maxy ,
I live in a large condo building . Most of the occupants are lovely, but one woman is extremely bossy and always involved in projects . For some reason she expects me to do all her legwork and of course, takes full credit .
I work from home . She doesn't like taking no for an answer, so she was constantly texts, calls and hounds me until I give in . How can I politely tell her I'm too busy and would prefer that she leave me along ?
Sick of being bossed
Dear Sick ,
You need to acquire a little back bone and stand up for yourself. She will never give up if she knows you will eventually give in . She thinks you are a pushover.
Prove her wrong . Be polite but keep saying no . Don't answer her texts or calls . Write "Sorry , I can't help you," on a piece of paper and read it to her as many times as necessary . Persevere and eventually it will penetrate a hide even as tough as hers.
Dear Maxy ,
I appreciate the information on ovarian cancer and that September was ovarian cancer month . I am writing to find out whether you are aware of any support walks , bike rides , etc., to advance people's awareness of ovarian cancer ? My aunt was recently diagnosed and I have been disappointed in the lack of information . I recently moved to Sarasota and found out that the only chapter in Florida for ovarian cancer is in Tallahassee . If you have any thoughts , please let me know .
Dear S. ,
There are various walks and rides for ovarian cancer scheduled throughout the year, although I cannot promise that there are any are in Sarasota . For information, support and scheduling, please look into the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund( ocrf.org ), the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance ( ovariancancer.org ), the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition ( ovarian.org ), and the American Cancer Society ( cancer.org/cancer/ovariancancer ).