January 11th, 2016

too cool

한국에 돌아오고 피부 문제를 해결하기

The trip back to Korea wasn't so bad, actually. There was no line at check-in at the airport, then going through security wasn't too awful, although I did set off the full-body scanner because - wait for it - I had a piece of paper in my pocket. Not because I have a metric shit ton of metal hardware in my arm, oh no. But because of paper in my pocket. I was patted down and had my hands tested for that.

The flight wasn't too awful and I managed to watch The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (not too awful?) and got some sleep. Very short line at immigration and while I did have to trek through the subway system with my suitcase during rush hour, I made it home within an hour and a half. Not bad.

I am, however, really quite jetlagged. I slept one hour last night. ONE HOUR. I let myself take a three hour nap today - from which waking up was very nearly impossible - and I'm really hoping I'll manage to get some sleep tonight. I think the issue is that my body very nearly (but not completely) adjusted to Chicago time, and then I came back to Korea... my body doesn't know wtf is going on.

This morning I went to the gym for the first time in three weeks and it was SO GOOD. I had a really great run without any setbacks, which bodes well for my goal of building a solid base in the next couple months, and I was lifting heavier weights than I did before I went to the states! I kept starting with a low weight, thought, "This is too easy," and kept increasing... I'm kind of excited because I think I have the potential to become really strong. Not, like, weight-lifter strong, but just strong strong. There was a lot of people at the gym though - probably all resolutioners. It'll be interesting to see who sticks.

This morning I went to a skin doctor 피부과 to get the weird rash? thing on my arm/hand checked out. I've had it for years now- maybe 4-5 years I'd say. I went to a doctor a few years ago and he said, "If it spreads to another limb, go to a hospital," and it never did, so... this doctor gave me a prescription for a steroid cream and instructions to come back in a few days. He said that if it doesn't change from the steroid I'll need to get a biopsy (!!). I sure hope it isn't skin cancer. That being said, I've had it for over 4 years. If it were cancer, I'd be dead by now, right? I also got the cyst on my back checked out- he told me it was too big for him to take care of, so I have to go to a 외과. Of course. I decided that I'll go next Monday to get that taken care of, since I have plans to sit on a bus for 3.5 hours on Saturday, and having a fresh sore on my back doesn't sound like my idea of fun.

I really need to come up with a good study schedule. I excused myself today, under the pretext of, "I'm jetlagged as fuck," but I gotta get to work. No more excuses. Time to learn hanja and ALL THE WORDS!!!
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