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February 28, 2015 | 10:09pm
Mood: thoughtful

The last few weeks... I don't even know where to begin.

The last day of the semester (finals all done, just killing time until the closing ceremony) I very violently and abruptly broke my arm. I took an ambulance to one clinic, where they took x-rays and figured out that my arm was broken, and sent me to another hospital, where I had to wait 2 hours to see a doctor. Immediately after I broke my arm I remember saying - in English, because I couldn't formulate Korean words - "I broke my arm. I need to go to a hospital. 저는 병원에 가야 해요."

When I break my arm, I really break it: the upper bone was in two pieces, twisted and in such a position that a mere cast wouldn't fix it. The doctor told me I needed to get surgery. He also told me that I was very lucky that the bone didn't move farther, because I could have lost all feeling or movement in my arm because of it.

I was admitted into the hospital that day (Friday the 13th - I recognize the irony) and my friends helped me by coming and staying in shifts, because I couldn't get surgery until Monday the 16th. If I laid down, I wouldn't be able to get back up again alone because the pain was just too intense. I fainted, or came damn close, roughly 4 times in the first few days. And as a bit of a surprise, I found out that I had jaundice. Seriously.

Surgery was terrifying. I walked into the room, laid myself down on the operating table, and they put me completely under while they cut open my arm and attached metal plates and screws into my bone(s). I spent another week after the surgery in the hospital, making friends with the nice guy in the next bed and battling the evil professor who kept turning the heat up to 38 degrees celsius. On Seolnal (February 19) I got a painkiller shot that I ended up having an allergic reaction to, and I've had a numb left leg ever since. The Sunday night before I got released, I got a bad case of food poisoning and ended up puking and shitting copious amounts. The hospital stay was not the best experience of my life and I'm happy it's over.

I got out on Monday and have spent this week relaxing, for the most part. Next Monday I'll get a cast which I'm told I'll have for 1-2 months. My arm will not be fully back to normal for another 6 months - September. Then next year I'll have to have another surgery to remove a good portion of the metal, because it makes my arm even more susceptible to breaking again in the future.

The big issue is that I broke my right arm, and I'm not allowed/able to use it for the next few months. That means I've been spending a lot of time figuring out how to do things with my left hand, including my biggest battle: writing. The trip to being ambidextrous is not even remotely close to the easiest thing that I've done in my life.

So yeah. I have roughly 1.5 weeks left of vacation and all of my roommates are gone, and here I am, with one left hand that I can hardly use. It's been a hell of a vacation, if you could call it that. I've been avoiding writing about all this because it's so... frustrating? Depressing? But it needs to be done. It is a very noteworthy moment/period in my life, after all. I'm just thankful that I have met some really great people in Jeonju that have helped make this experience bearable.

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LadyEquinox

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from: ladyequinox
date: March 3, 2015 04:49am (UTC)
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That is the worst story ever. I am so sorry that happened to you : ( Worst hospital stay ever. Did they figure out the cause of the jaundice?!?

~Nox

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: March 3, 2015 08:17am (UTC)
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The doctor gave me some meds and the jaundice went away... I suspect it's because I was sitting with a broken arm for 4 hours (in shock for well over half of it) before they took my blood.... but yeah, I didn't even mention some of the worst parts, but it was pretty awful. Thanks~

And we need to skype ASAP!!

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: March 9, 2015 12:48pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I hope that the rest of this process is nice and complication-free as well, haha.

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