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Rean again…A few hours ago I was watching my ballet students perform for a school recognition ceremony.  It was quite amazing to see these wonderful girls ages 11-13 transform into lovely ladies as they put on their make up and accessories for their dance.  I believe it is important for a young lady to look and feel beautiful as this truly helps in boosting their self-confidence.    They should look fresh and learn how to remove pimples properly.  They should watch their teeth and keep odors from emanating from their bodies, particularly if they are dancers who will partner with boys.

Rean again…A PSP patient usually has difficulty swallowing.  Having an evaporative cooler would help keep the room like a humidor. From our experience this helps ease up his swallowing particularly at night.  The swallowing issue usually leads to his lack of appetite to eat which is a cause of concern for us.  This is considering that he needs to eat lest he suffer for malnutrition leading to other complications.

Rean here…I flew out to Davao over the weekend to respond to his pleas.  As I mentioned previously, he suffers from PSP.  In the last few weeks he would cry out for me in the middle of the night  asking me to help him fight those hurting him.  During the day time he would like to sleep and have no appetite to eat.  I found him in this state when I arrived at our home.   I told him to be strong because his grandchildren wanted him to watch them dance this May. For a PSP patient, social interaction is an important item to keep them motivated to keep healthy.  An Outer banks rental or a beach vacation could probably help provided these are not far from emergency care

Rean here…my father just turned 87 recently and has been diagnosed with  Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).  It is a debilitating disease characterized by a loss of balance and restrictions of eye movement.  It also comes with behavioral changes and in later stages dementia.  This disease has no cure at this time.  Treatments are given to manage symptoms and maximize the victim’s quality of life.  Medicare supplement plans may be helpful for those who suffer this condition.  For this illness, we can only look to God for true healing.

Rean here…

Tes and I recently got an invitation to the debut of one of Acts Manila’s ballet alumni.  The invite required a black coat for the gentlemen.  I was thinking if this meant it was a black tie affair requiring bow ties and tuxes.  But then again, it is quite rare for tuxes to be worn by guests  in occasions such as this.  So I will be donned with my black business suit going to this event.

It would be a great experience to be in a real black tie affair in this country, as rare as it may be.  Even rarer would be seeing gentlemen wearing frocks or “monkey suits” for a “white tie” event.   I guess, the local cultural seen would require a significant upgrade for us to experience the formality of a European function.

Rean here…

Today, we concluded our ballet pictorial.  With the couple of hundred students our group has, this activity has been done with quite some effort. I must say that our shots are excellent considering the camera and lighting equipment we used.  We had excellent character shots, action shots,  magazine style shots,  Maxim lighting type shots.  Thanks to Sir Rod Banzon for the lighting direction that made this pictorial successful.

Rean here…

I walked into Acts Manila’s pictorial today as our friend’s daughter was being shot.  At first I didn’t know it was she because of her lean drop dead gorgeous look.  As I examined her more, I was pleasantly surprised. I knew she had that model factor in her but it was just breath taking to see it come to reality.  In my opinion, watching scales and getting made up did pay off to get this young Aphrodite out of her shell.  As a father of my own daughter, it realize that I have to deliberately enable my young lady to realize how beautiful she is, inside and out.  This is a privilege no parent should relinquish.

I had my very first surgery when I was 5 years old.  I had water in my middle ear as a result of diving in our swimming pool.  This required an extraction of the trapped fluid that bothered my hearing.  I remember seeing a bunch of people in green medical scrubs surrounding my bed as I first entered the operating room.  One of them put a black rubber mask on my face which made me very sleepy.  When I woke up, my ear felt a little better but my head was spinning.  I think I threw up that time.

The next incidence in my life that required surgery happened during my first to the US.  I was 7 years old when I broke my arm in Colorado.  It was fracture resulting from a bad fall from a monkey bar.  I remember having to sleep in a 4 bed hospital room with 2 other kids to contend with for the TV channel.   I also remember nurses, wearing surgical scrubs with kiddie characters printed, coming in an out to offer soda pop or ice cream.  I don’t remember much of the operating room, all I remember is that I had a cast after going in.

I had another ear operation when I was in college. This was after I had bad cold leading to my eardrum getting stuck  to mucus in my middle ear.  My  ENT did a Meringotomy to let air into my middle ear and separate the eardrum.    I didn’t pay attention to the operating room, the color of the medical scrubs, etc.  I do know, however,  that I came out like an embalmed person with gauze in my nose and cotton covering my ears.   Hopefully I never get operated on again.