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Dear Dr. Khan
Dear Mr. Mahmood,
Dear Mr. Azam,
Dear Mr Monir,
Yes I am doing fine. Thanks for your appreciation and my pleasure that you got some improvement about your bad breath. I will recommend you to do dental scaling every year.
It's very frustrating if you don't like the way you look or can't wear THE clothes you like. My first advice will be to change your thoughts process. I am sure there are many positive things about your looks, so try to look at those and work on them. Start by going to a gym to work out as it helps to build up your body. Gyms are not only important for losing weight. As for your problem with your bust, we can help you by augmentation mammoplasty which is done by silicone implants. This is very safe and used worldwide. For the hips we can do an augmentation where silicone implants are used as well. These procedures are very safe and practiced very widely. The results are excellent and give patients desired results.
It does make a parent worried to hear that his 7 year old needs surgery. But if your son has enlarged adenoids which are causing middle ear infections, he does need surgery. Adenoid is a lymph gland located behind the nose on the nasopharynx. When it becomes enlarged, it blocks the tubes which drain the middle ear and so the child has earaches and feels his ears are blocked. Also the child breathes by mouth all the time. These can cause problems for the child's health. The adenoid gland gets enlarged between ages 3 to 12.So this is the time the child usually suffers. Your ENT consultants will be able to best decide whether surgery is required or not.
Yes, of course it can be fixed. You probably need an augmentation rhinoplasty. The bridge of your nose probably got flattened and this can be augmented by an implant which can be taken from behind your ear or a bone graft from your elbow or elsewhere. Nowadays, we also use silicon implants and so we don't have to do surgery elsewhere to get the graft. The procedure is done under general anesthesia but you don't have to stay overnight in the hospital, although you will have a bandage for a few days.
Well I can't tell you precisely without examining. If it's only a simple scar then scar revision might be done, but if it's a scar with dirt tattooing then dermabrasion might help. Scars are of many types and it is hard to advise without examination.
Under a different sky
“Yes, I do remember that. Even though the bed might have been a queen size or a king size at the most, I remember feeling like there was nothing I could do to fill this space up.”
“Yes, exactly, me too. My Grandfather and Grandmother had huge beds which they had brought over from India during the partition of '47, they were all so grand, beautiful wood work, I could easily play pretense princess around them. Then I fell twice from the beds and once it left me with a huge bump on my forehead. I remember being hurried to my mother's uncle, my “Phul nana” who was a doctor and lived in our neighborhood. Ever since then I was a bit scared of the giant beds. I think there was a humongous bed like that in the Dhaka Museum; one needed stairs to get to the mattress. But you know now when I am on those beds they feel so much smaller, except the wood work, which are still beautiful I suppose, but the bed itself is so conquerable.”
“Conquerable…yeah, I know that feeling. How many times did you fall from beds and stairs, missy? Such a clums!”
“I know, I used to be so clumsy!”
“Used to? You still are! You almost tripped down a mountain the other day, stepping on loose rocks, remember?”
“How am I suppose to know there were loose rocks, I am no longer a clums, get off it!
But I do remember falling off beds and stairs, broke my nose once falling from the old stairs of my Grandma's house and the first thing I said with a bloody face after they rescued me was “Baba ke bolo na” (“Don't tell Father”), I don't know why I was so concerned.”
“I never fell when I was young, I was a strong little one, and if I fell, I fell intentionally, I would jump down trees, holding on to branches and hanging on the way down, and yelling for my Mom, trying to show her how cool I was ”
“Show off! You were always a show off “bandor”! I never did things like that.”
“Yeah right, you did that and more, miss chatty Kathy, you were a little talker, ham as we call it, talk-talk-talk, attention grabber, and you never stopped”
“Yeah, yeah, whatever! Anyway…do you have any memories from when you were born?”
“Ummm, no, and neither do you. No one has memories from when we are born, silly!”
“Okay I meant memories that others have told you and you after hearing the stories many times over have created a whole set of images from that time of your birth and the people who were there.”
“Yes I guess, but mine was the usual I think, Mommy goes to the hospital, gets a new baby and some soft toys.”
“I doubt it! I have to ask your mom when I see her next about the stories from your birth. Apparently when I was born it was raining hard for a few days, monsoon of June, my mother was in labour all night at some clinic in Dhanmondi, and next to it there was a lake where frogs ribbited or as we say “ghangor ghangor ghanged” all night, and in that morning after I was born, a blue baby with no scream or tears. My Father told me they bought me from the frogs, while he slept in the clinic all night waiting for Ma to give birth the frogs had kept him awake, and somehow got thoroughly involved with my birthing process.”
“You miss Dhaka today don't you?”
“I do…it's becoming obvious isn't it? …I know…I always do this…I miss Dhaka and the past, and my nostalgia is acting up once again, piecing reality and figuring out how much of it really existed.”
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