Sense & Sensitivity by Harriette Cole

Husband Won't Make Doctor's Appointment

DEAR HARRIETTE: I can't get my husband to go to the doctor. He has always been a strong and healthy man with good habits. However, he recently started getting random sharp pains in his chest. They last only a split second, and they tend to happen at random. At least, that's what he's said to me. I want him to go to the doctor to check it out, but he does not seem to think of it as a big deal. How can I convince him to take this seriously? -- Supportive Wife, Stubborn Husband, Detroit

DEAR SUPPORTIVE WIFE, STUBBORN HUSBAND: Look up information online about causes of chest pain and show him what you find. Remind him how much you love him and how devastated you would be if anything happened to him. Appeal to his love for you as a reason to get a checkup.

(Lifestylist and author Harriette Cole is president and creative director of Harriette Cole Media. You can send questions to or c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)

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