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DEAR ABBY: I was happy to see that piece in your column warning your readers about bringing valuables (jewelry) when they check into a hospital -- even for an overnight stay.

I've been an RN for 12 years and I am still amazed at the stuff people lug into a hospital.

Some come in with loads of suitcases for a week's stay. One woman brought all her diamonds and hid them in a pillowcase -- which almost got thrown in a hamper!

Only last month, a man brought his life's savings of $100,000 in cash! Luckily, an observant employee spotted the stash and called security to place it in the vault for safekeeping.

Elderly and confused patients are most vulnerable. I have seen patients throw wedding rings and hearing aids in the trash cans.

Yes, there are thieves even in hospitals, but it's impossible for us to search every man, woman and child that comes and goes here.

Please print this, Abby. No city, please. -- ROSE, AN R.N.

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