Brace yourself

THIS came from the thesaurus: Brace yourself means prepare yourself mentally or emotionally for hearing something unpleasant, out of place or inappropriate.

And that could possibly be the best case for Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who has been wearing alternately, I suppose, two kinds of braces, the halo and the Minerva vests.

Now, there are also dif-ferent kinds of vests.

There’s the bullet-proof vest and there’s the vested interest of some people, not necessarily Mrs. Arroyo’s vests.

The former president’s ailment concerns her spine. Some people have no spine to face their accusers; they’d rather skip the country to evade and avoid arrests, especially those wanted by the law.

Therefore, it is not correct to say that people have no spine. A man has no spine when it is said that he lacks courage or acts cowardly.

In the case of the braces suggested for Mrs. Gloria, I suggest this suggestion which comes from our internet sources: Your doctor may prescribe a neck or back brace for you to wear after a spinal injury or surgery.

A brace does three things:  immobilizes your spine during healing; stabilizes injured areas; and controls pain by restricting movement.

Braces, also called orthotics, are made from a variety of ma-terials such as elastic cotton/nylon, foam rubber and molded plastic.

An orthotist is a medical professional that specializes in making custom molded braces, adjusting their fit, and providing tips for comfort and proper wear.

Braces can be worn on any section of the spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral) and are named for the area of the spine to which they are applied.

Common spine orthoses include: Cervical (e.g., Miami J, Philadelphia collar), Cervical-thoracic (e.g., Minerva, SOMI), Halo ring (e.g., Breman, PMT), Thoracic-lumbarsacral orthosis (TLSO), or the Lumbar-sacral orthosis (LSO) Word of advice: It’s important to follow your doctor’s specific instructions for when and how to wear your brace—especially when sleeping, showering and during certain activities.

Or follow the advice of your attorney whenever you are seen in public or you are during court hearings.

Failure to heed your attorney can be life-threatening.

Your life sentence may even be doubled if it includes electoral sabotage and graft and corruption.

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