Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Do You Feel Bad?

Yes! YES! I feel bad.. that would be why I am here at the hospital!

And my sickness returns. In the last two weeks of April, I had found myself in a doctors office four times in two weeks! Talk about suckkkky! Well, the first two times were with the same idiot doctor who REFUSED to give me antibiotics. I was coughing my head off and lets just say what was coming out of me was the color of sliiime :) Nice image, huh?

Once I started feeling like I was about to die, I went to a doctor that my Director had recommended, however he did not remember her name.. so he gave me her husbands phone number. I called the husband, who spoke English well, he told me her name.. and when I wrote it down.. it didn't even look like Korean!! I was so out of it, I just hung up the phone and said thanks. SO, I head to the hospital downtown the next day. YES the hospital, Korea is very interesting.. if you're sick, you go to a doctor in the hospital!

I walk into this ginormous hospital.. everything is written in Korean, not unexpected. I still do not read or speak Korean, so I was in for an adventure. The first level looked wicked busy, too busy to handle a confusing foreigner. So I went upstairs.. aaah, it was not busy at all. I walked up to the desk and with a confused look and shrugging of the shoulders I said 'Speak English?!'.. one guy pointed at the girl who laughed and picked up the phone.. I KNEW she secretly knew SOME English. So, she called someone on the phone immediately and said 'wait'. I KNEW IT! So I ended up waiting about 6 minutes, and in this time this crowd of hospital workers are around a computer and they're giggling.. I had a feeling it had to do with me! They wave me over, and the guy sitting at the computer hands me a piece of paper that says...

I was like, YES. Ingenious! That is why I am at the hospital.. DUH! But happy none the least to see English! Anyways, I found out that all I really needed to do was hold up two fingers (Section 2) and say 'Kim' (that's the only part of the name I understood!!! lol) and they would get who I needed! It is a small hospital after all! Haleluia

Long story short, I found out I had bronchial pneumonia, a partially collapsed lung, and sinus issues. They found this out by chest and head x-rays, AND by me coughing up flem in the middle of the hallway with people around and spitting it into a medical cup (it was more high tech than the paper 'tasters choice' cup I was given to pee in when I got to Korea. I didn't feel too embaressed, but like how some people's bladder gets shy if people are in the bathroom, my flem was shy too! I was lucky to get any :) Nice information I KNOW! But you're stillll reading!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Within 2 blocks...

Today was a great day. I realized why I love Korea soo much! I was leaving work, walked about 2 blocks.. and saw a nun within the first block walking down the sidewalk.. a monk at the second, crossing the street.. wedding portraits being taken outside on the corner! It all made me smile!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter-a!

I'm sick on Easter!!!

This past week I could tell I was slowly getting more exhausted and more exhausted, and then my throat suddenly gave up on me!! I had big plans for Easter Sunday too!! Church, volunteering at an orphanage, lunch, soccer game, vagina monologue practice. BUT I decided that I needed to just relax and try to get better, because my body is failing me at the moment!

Although I feel horrid, I got out of bed to meet my friend Ange for tea. I figured tea would help my throat and possibly keep me from hacking up a lung! On my way to the bus terminal, the cutest ladies had Easter Baskets.. I had spotted them from a mile away! I was like NO WAY.. in KOREA?! And they came up to me and gave me an egg (that had a plastic wrapper on it.. like the ones back home), a little square tinfoil packet and a thing of tissues or something with church information on it. I must have looked like a kid in a candy store, I said my 'kamsahamnida's' and went to catch my bus. Fabulous start to my poopy Sunday!

So, I met Ange for tea at this awesome little fantasy tea place downtown. It is like a tea place of your dreams, with India type music in the background and a wonderful aroma right as you walk in. They also have a huge room where they sell tea sets and different hand-made things.

Ange got a spicy India Chai Tea, which she loved!

And I got Jasmine Tea, it had flower blooms and everything in it! I loved mine as well!

Then, since I was downtown on a weekend during the day for the first time in forever.. I decided to stop by the market, which I hadn't ever been to, and get some fresh fruit since I'm sick. And oooh my gosh, it was delightful! HUGE! I was very surprised!! It was so exciting and lifted my spritis immediately, I walked around and got a HUGE bunch of bananas. So it was successful!