With mixed emotions I announce:
The wait is over.
With mixed emotions I announce:
I will miss my baby, I will miss my friends and I will miss Seoul BUT I am totally looking forward to our new adventure!
When we went into the hospital on Tuesday night for a coin down the throat we had no idea it would end up being a trip to the OR and lead to an overnight stay.
Life is funny like that.
And this is just affirmation that military friends are your family ESPECIALLY when you are so far from home.
Friends found out about our little trip to the ER and they all came calling!
I had a friend show up in the ER with food, water, books, blankets and more!
My phone was blowing up with well wishes and asking what they could do.
I had friends asking if they could come hang out with us while we waited for him to get out of the OR.
And I had a friend text me at 5:30 AM this morning asking if I needed coffee.
She knows me all too well.
She KNEW I would be up and she KNEW I would need coffee.
In the military friends are family.
Thanks to all of you that reached out to help.
You all ROCK!
And this is how we spent our Tuesday night.
That's right, he swallowed a nickel.
5th time at the 121 in less than 48 hours.
A new record for the Six in Seoul Clan.
This time we got to go to the OR.
He is fine.
He now has a new nickname.
My doc looks a little too happy doesn't he?
When I ask him if this was going to hurt he replied:
"Nope, it won't hurt me at all!"
He totally won me over.
Friends helping friends.
Sometimes it is good when friends talk.
They share with the right people.
That is what it is all about.
It is such a blessing when that leads you to the right person when you weren't even looking for that person.
And then you rejoice.
Kindness in the simplest of forms.
Random acts of kindness.
That makes my heart happy.
(And in this case, my foot!)
This is what it looks like when you go to a grocery store in Seoul on a weekend.
EVERY.SINGLE.ISLE is jam packed with people.
Sitting in my new favorite coffee shop on a Saturday night in Seoul with my love listening to " So This is Christmas " by John Lennon.
In my experience in Korea - when you go to the doctor and they prescribe medicine to you it comes nicely bundled like this:
Pretty isn't it? I really like the cool packaging.
The only problem, they come with no explanation other than take these for 2 weeks and come back to see me.
Back story (I'll try to be brief - which we all know I suck at being brief)- most of you know I injured my foot back on 20 February - I did cross fit and then went for a run. I felt a pain in my foot around 1.5 miles. I stopped running. Pain didn't go away...I did lots of research....treated it as planters fasciitis....symptoms weren't exact so on 3 March went to the ER, x-ray shows a bone spur - put in referral for me to see a podiatrist. Podiatry never called & they NEVER answer their phones.....in the meantime I have been icing, taking celebrex and putting essential oils on the area of the bone spur, NOT RUNNING and so on....anyway....blah, blah, blah after not getting better and not being able to get into podiatry I turned into a crazy lady and finally got an appointment at a Korean hospital (I tried nice for 10 straight days) in orthopedics because it seems podiatrist across this peninsula are extremely busy. Who knew there are so many feet problems?!?!?
SO....This is how my appointment went down and why I think my doctor is trying to kill me (not literally of course - but maybe?!)
Korean doctor takes more x-rays.....he looks at the bone spur and says,
"Oh that is no problem. That should not cause you pain. I see nothing abnormal."
Me - "Well, I have pain. LOTS of pain. Did you see me limp in here? That's because it HURTS to walk."
Him - Korean sigh (sucking in of air) then he says "No, this is normal."
Me - "But I can see the bone spur - it's right there."
Him - "yes, but it is very small, very normal, it should not cause you pain."
Me - with tears in my eyes, "Well something is causing me pain. I can't walk without my foot hurting."
Him - More sighing, pressing on my foot, me jerking it back from the pain - he sighs, sucks in more air and then says. "Bursitis. I think you have bursitis."
Me - "really? Bursitis? But my foot is not swollen and I can't feel a sack of fluid and I've had bursitis before and it didn't hurt" (They really love it when you question them....not.)
Him - "It could be swollen underneath the skin."
Me - this time I sigh and suck in air and shake my head.
Him - "I want you to stop taking celebrex. I am going to prescribe something stronger for you. Take the pill and come back to see me in two weeks. I think your pain will be gone."
I hobble out.
He prescribed & wants me to take these TWICE A DAY:
Airtal 100 MG/T -- PAIN KILLER
UltracetER - (Tramadol-hydrochooride/acetaminophen) -- highly addictive pain killer
With 50MG/C -- I can't even find information on this drug!!
I took these last night, I passed out but didn't sleep well. This morning I feel like I was hit by a truck, my foot still hurts and I threw up.
And that is why I think he is trying to kill me.
No, I will not take those drugs again.
Back to celebrex, essential oils and ice -- And hoping I run into Dr. Hampton (my orthopedic doctor whom I LOVE, but can't get in to see UNTIL APRIL) while out and about because you bet your bottom dollar I will ask him to help me in the middle of the commissary. ;)
These are MELONS.
Cantaloupes to be exact.
Do you see the price tag?
45,000 Korean won.
Folks that comes out to roughly $42.10 USD.
But you do get a pretty little bow and some tissue paper to go along with it.
And that makes it all worth it.
I know this is a bad picture.
I know I was bad when I took the photograph.
Yes it is through my windshield.
Look at it.
It is so Korean.
Am I insane? Have I lost my mind? After thinking long and hard about it (OK, really I only thought about it for about 12 hours) I just committed to doing a photo a day for a year - a 365 'they' call it. This is going to be SUPER HARD for me. Not the photo part, but the editing part. I mean you guys KNOW how far behind I am. A photo a day - that doesn't sound like much, but in reality, who are we kidding? Anyway I'm going to TRY to post each day, but there will be times I might be MIA for a couple of days, just bear with me and I will catch up.