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Where have I been? Oh, just the ER

Hello all, long time no talk to.
It has been quite a while since I’ve updated, though not necessarily on purpose. I have been lying around, but not in the lazy kind of way but more the incapacitated kind of way.
Let me explain.

About the first week of June, I suddenly started feeling sick. I couldn’t place a finger on it. It was odd. It was right after a beautiful picnic at the Han River with some old colleagues and a lovely lunch with another old colleague as well. It felt like a cold, a stupid summer cold. Except no stuffy nose or anything like that. Just general shittiness. So I went to the doctor and he was like, let’s run some tests. But quickly after listening to my symptoms and a urine test later, he told me I was having problems with my liver/kidneys and if over the weekend, I felt worse, go to the hospital. I was like, Umm, sure. Well, sure enough, that weekend, I went to the hospital. I was in so much pain, I thought I was going crazy. I had told some swimming friends how I felt and that I might go. So luckily, they messaged me and met me at the hospital. They were nice enough to stay until 3:30am until I was released. Poor guys…. They gave me some medicine and told me to come back in about a week to do a check up. I was like, fine, whatevs. I felt better. So I started the meds and then did a week.

But then, that Thursday, I caught tonsillitis. It wasn’t too bad at first, just uncomfortable. But by Friday, I was so uncomfortable, I went home early. I figured, I’ll just sleep it off. I had gone to the doctor again on Thursday and he was like, “Yeah, it’s tonsillitis. Just take the meds you’re taking and you’ll be good.”

Over the weekend, I got worse. So worse than by Monday, the day of my follow-up appointment, my tonsils and uvula (that hanging thing) had swelled so much that it was cutting off my airway. I couldn’t speak starting Friday. I spent the whole weekend silent. And by Monday, I couldn’t speak normally even if I really wanted. It was awful. I had an appointment at 1 and I had called out for the day. I tried to just be a champ about it. “It’s just tonsillitis. Tons of people get it. I will be fine. I’ll get better!” I’m that kind of person. Yeah, by 11:30, I couldn’t take it and went to the hospital by 12. I had to do a urine and blood test before I have my consultation so they can see if I’ve improved. But I went to everyone, asking what to do to get help for my throat. Everyone just stared at me. In a hospital, nobody knew how to help me. Even the lady taking my blood was like, “Are you OK?” and I was like, “No.” I was practically in tears because nobody would help me.

I finally asked one desk and they were like, well, you could just go to the ER, but you’d void your appointment. I told them I didn’t care. I couldn’t breathe. So I moved as quick as a person without energy or air could to the ER. I went to reception and they quickly rushed me along. When the ER nurse/doctor saw me, she was shocked at the condition of my throat. “There’s no hole to breathe!” She exclaimed. And then, “Stop talking!” she kept yelling at me when she was rushing around, trying to admit me. She kept asking me questions and she just wanted the simple answer but the answers are never simple. She didn’t mean it in a mean way, just she knew I wouldn’t be able to breathe if I kept talking.

So they rushed and admitted me in immediately, putting me in on a stretcher. I felt weird. Then she started talking about surgery and stuff. I started getting worried. They started talking blood from everywhere, even my ankles. Literally grabbed both at the same time, and stuck needles in for blood. That hurts more than the arm because there’s no fat.

So they moved me into another room and kept asking me for a guardian. But I live in Korea alone. What do I do? I call my Korean friend from high school who happens to live only 20-30 minutes near by and is a medical student. She doesn’t come right away, her sister comes first and talks to the nurses for me.

So they prep me for surgery and get me into the operating room. I’ve never been in one before but it didn’t seem too scary. After 15 minutes, thry give me the gas. I’ve always been afraid of this part because I’ve always worried “what if it doesn’t work and I feel everything?” So we wait for me too be knocked out. 4 minutes pass and I’m still awake. They’re a bit confused. Then someone says, “Wait. She can’t breathe so the gas won’t do.” Genius. So they use an injection and within thirty seconds I’m out until the next day basically.

I wake up and I have tubes in my throat. Supposedly, after the surgery, I wasn’t breathing on my own so they had to tubes and a catheter in to keep me going. How nice of them. I also wake up to arm restraints. I also apparently fought back and they had to restrain me. So they only way I could communicate was through a dry erase board the nurse let me use sometimes if I flailed.

All my coworkers came to see me, my swim friends too, and another good friend. I was in the hospital for about a week and then went home. Going back to work was hard but i went back just two days later. Now I feel much brtter.

So we are all wondering what caused this ridiculousness. Well, what happened was is I caught a cold and then bought some OTC cold medicine. But, my kidney can’t handle NSAIDS. These are things like aspirin, Tylenol, normal OTC cold, flu, and pain medicine. It makes my kidneys go nuts. So that just kept piling on. And supposedly, tonsillitis is easy to get during this period too. So it all just stacked up against me.

Now I’m a healthy, albeit very sleepy, person. So that is how my month has gone. I just started swimming this week. But it is so tiring. So I will try and take my time. But I must say, if I get sick again, SNU hospital is definitely thr way to go. I had a really sweet male nurse in ICU. I tried asking for his number while i was there but he told mr to come back and ask again. I’m tempted but I doubt it would work out well. So I shall just dream of the what could have been…

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Memories & Exams

Lately, I’ve become very worried about my mental health. Haha, it sounds like I’m saying that I’m a crazy person. I’m not that crazy, maybe a little though.

I have noticed within the last few months. Actually, since February, I have been in a terrible mood that I can’t shake off. It just follows me. It makes me hate lots of things, be pessimistic and cynical, among many other things. It is really driving me crazy. I need something to get me out of this mood but I dont know what will do.

Also, I was talking to my boss since today was the annual workers health exam, mandated by all workers to be done before Dec. 15th. We got it in right before the bell, huh? I mentioned that it is a bit late to be doing this and he then semi-scolded/semi-reminded me that it was my idea to do it later. That we kept putting it of because of me. When I tried to deny it, he said he remembered the conversation since he was in the room when it happened. Now, when I think back to the conversation, it’s extremely fuzzy. I barely remember it. But what I think I remember was me saying to get this done ASAP since it would be stupid to do it the week of. I know we discussed it last week but I said then that I.couldn’t do it due to dance or something. I don’t remember.

And that’s the problem. I don’t remember much. I always have trouble remembering events or conversations, especially really important stuff. It is driving me crazy. I need to somehow get this solved. But it happens with my mom too. My dad a little. It might be partially genetic. So now I’m somewhat screwed. I need to start stimulating my mind to get it back in shape. This is getting ridiculous. I should start taking some supplements to try and remedy this.

Anyway, today was the annual company health exam at some hospital with Bear. Oh, it was just strange. So, we have to wait an hour since we ended up coming during lunch time.
It took a while for me to translate the medical forms so it didnt matter. So they ask you take your top off and wear a gown for it. However, in Korea, these sorts of things are one size fits all. Oh goodness, the girls were just about on display so I cross my arma and slink out and ask if they have a larger size. They look at me and say “Ahhh men size…” So i get that and I finally feel comfortable without risk of the girls showing. And their tests are normal except the hearing test was 5 seconds long. Im sure that doesnt make sense. I feel like it should have been longer.
But anyway, everyone was extremely nervous about dealing with me. Some actually knew English, which was nice. Some tried Korean got nervous then comfortable when I could answer them in Korean. The only person who just didn’t give a crap was the Chest Xray tech. He just was very busy and wanted to get me out of there.

And it was so weird. I had to see the dentist portion or the exam. The dentist? So strange. I don’t even get dental insurance. But at least they said I don’t have any major problems. But I should still see a real dentist. But it was strange. And it only took about 35 minutes all together. And its not painful. Except for when they draw blood. I still don’t know why they do that for a normal check up but hey, its Korea. I’ll go for it.

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