October 10th, 2010

fist to face

Still sick, and I bought pizza 7 hours ago.

Expanding on the last entry.

I've honestly lost count of the number of times I've been sick since I came to Korea. 9 times? 10? Were they allergies or colds, flus or viruses? I don't know. What I do know is that it just isn't normal for someone to be sick so frequently. I realize that, coming to Korea, I am exposed to new viruses, and of course I work with children, so one would expect a few illnesses. But the utter volume of colds of which I've been on the receiving end is just ridiculous.

The last couple days I've been a bit homesick, if that's the right word for it. I miss my mom- even though I talk to her daily, sometimes multiple times a day, in several formats. I won't see her for another year, if not more. Most of all, I miss being healthy. I miss going months at a time without getting sick. I miss not needing to use cough drops or Kol Kol or Theraflu or whatever over-the-counter medicine I can get my hands on. I don't remember being sick a single time in 2009. I've been sick over 10 times in 2010. I hate this.

I have to wonder if Korea is the place for me. I like Korea, really I do, and I usually like my job, and teaching English is definitely the career I intend on pursuing in the future, but if I have to go through another year of constantly being sick... I just don't know. There's only so much my body can take.

I have my reasons for sticking with Korea for now. But on the other hand... my health is definitely a big sticking point.
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