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Ask Amy: Drunken daughter makes tragedy worse

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

We sadly lost a 30-year-old patient today.

He was vaccinated but had another health risk.

Lots of restaurants are requiring proof of vaccine to dine inside.

At my Thanksgiving dinner, all must be vaccinated.

I hope others do the same.

The suffering I see daily is heartbreaking.

– Exhausted, Tired, Frustrated, Angry, Sad Nurse

Dear Nurse: Thank you so much for the work you do, and for offering your front-line perspective on this extremely challenging topic. I genuinely appreciate it and assume that many families will be using this as their guide this year.

Dear Amy: While I thought your response to “Troubled Daughter” was spot on, you might have suggested she work with a therapist.


While I suffered nowhere near the abuse she has, I did have to have some difficult conversations with a family member.

My wonderful therapist helped to formulate a dialog that worked for me, and we also role-played possible reactions from the family.

It was incredibly empowering to know what to say and how to respond.

– Grateful

Dear Grateful: I completely agree. Rehearsing difficult conversations makes them much easier to have.


(You can email Amy Dickinson at or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.)

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