A medical procedure in Jakarta can be dicey – or good. I’ve been having trouble with my ear and the ENT I went to took out the tube that was blocked, but he couldn’t put in a new one because she didn’t have a microscope. So she sent me to Professor Dr. Helmi – Doctors who teach are referred to this way) – her Professor in med school. So I asked about the anesthetic injection in the eardrum and he said ‘no I don’t do that’. Yikes, I think, he’s going to do this without numbing the eardrum – ouch. I told him that’s how it was done in the past, and he says ‘wasn’t that really painful’? ‘Yes…. yes it was’. So he says ‘I just put a cotton ball with anesthetic on it on the eardrum for about 15 minutes – no pain.’ Wow – he was right. No problem, no pain – the tube in without a hitch.
GOLF! I actually got to play a round golf for the first time in a year. This beautiful course (Sentul Highlands) was in Bogor and we were hosted by Jemmy Mongan, a member of Bogor 1st Ward who runs golf tours all over the world. It was very nice – course was beautiful, weather was good, super fast greens (so my putting was atrocious) and I shot about an 85. I’ll take that for the first round in a year! Cost was about $75 – green fees and cart, club rental and one caddy each. (Yes, a caddy is mandatory even if you have a cart…they ride on the back.)