Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 115: Two shots one butt

First thing in the morning I went back to Severance to get checked.

I feared having to wait as long as I did last time but everything went smooth. Isabella told me they'd taken her pretty serious when she came in with the same symptoms.

I just walked up to the counter and told them I thought I was having an allergic reaction.
Then my blood pressure and pulse was taken. I'd brought my notes to study for the our last final today but I'd barely opened my book when I was called in to see a doctor.
The doctor (or doctor student) was the same who'd checked me last time I came in with the sore throat, which was good because she'd seen me before when I looked normal and also now that I was spotted and swollen. We excluded outside factors like new products I'd used or any new foods I'd eaten and then she asked to see my back even though I told her that the legs were the worst part.
Then she left the room for a few minutes before she and another doctor came back.
While I was alone in the room, I though I'd snap a picture for the memories.
 When the doctor was trying to figure out how long I'd had these symptoms, she looked at the calendar, got all flustered, and covered the man on the ground in the picture. The foreigner shown is Horace N Allen, who founded what is today known as Severance Hospital.
 The next doctor came and this was actually the doctor whom I'd gone to the very first time Celine and I went to Severance to have our tuberculosis tests taken. She, too, was interested in seeing my back for some reason. This second doctor told me that yes, it seemed like I was having an allergic reaction, and that they would prescribe antihistamine and steroids to stop the redness and swelling. Furthermore they'd give me a shot. In the butt cheek.
Say what?!
I've come to terms with my fear for needles but I'd never had one in the butt and I asked if there was anything else I could do to avoid the shot. I COULD technically eat a third kind of medicine but this would ultimately be the best and work the fastest.
"It's an injection in the muscle so it will work quickly. But I will tell the nurse to do it slowly so it won't hurt so much," she said.
I'm pretty sure I've heard somewhere that the ones in the muscle hurt the most.


So I was sent out and had barely sat down when I was called to the counter to pay.
This time, once I sat down again, 2-3 whole minutes actually passed before I was called again. This time to the room where I would get my shot.

It turned out that I had to get not one bUT TWO SHOTS. ONE IN EACH BUTT CHEEK.

The nurse was super nice and did a good job. She gave my butt a few pats before inserting the needle so it really wasn't bad. I felt them both but none of them were bad at all!

The medicine was already ready for me to pick up when I'd gotten the shot. Everything was over in less than hour. I will repeat myself here: I have only had good experiences at Severance and they are so impressively efficient.

So I told you that Hajun had planned to join me, right?
Well.... he didn't get to Sinchon before it was all over. But no that he was already here and we had a couple of hours before my final, we might as well meet up and study.
On my way out, I walked past these signs. Korea is so high tech.

I'd taken a picture in front of Severance when I was on my way down to Sinchon and while I had been on my way, Hajun had walked to Severance and we had somehow passed each other.
My butt had started hurting from having used the muscle and spread around the injection by now so we decided that I stay and Hajun should come back to where I was.
When we met, he had to help me stand up because I was laughing too hard from the soreness in my butt and the ridiculousness of it.

We went into the café that we'd gone to with Jeongtae (정태) and ordered strawberry 설빙 (seolbing = shaved ice). I took this picture when we left. When we'd first come, there were only two other girls in the café so we'd been able to find a table in the back where we could eat and study.

Here's the 설빙!
The bottom was shaved ice covered in slices of strawberry and strawberry jam. The top was not whipped cream but a sweet white cream that is often put in street food stand waffles. And then a piece of cheesecake!
 Why is Hajun like this every time I try to take pictures of him?

After having stayed here for a while, we decided to grab some Subway before heading back to my dorm. We got there just in time for me to drag my sore butt into the language building and take my final. Today's final was the very last Korean final we had and it was on Korean grammar, which is my strongest point. I'd prepared well so I didn't have too much trouble. Overall, it was a nice feeling ending our finals with this one.
 After this, Isabella had asked me if I'd like to go for sushi with her one last time before she goes home and also shopping for an extra suitcase. Her parents have bought her an earlier ticket home so she'll be leaving on the 19th.
At the sushi place, I found yet a fake tree to add to my collection (I honestly don't remember if I've snapped this one before).
 We went to 현대백화점 (Hyundai Department Store) but after having cast a look at the price of one of the suitcases we found there, we decided that this was probably not the place for us. We'd found a smaller suitcase that cost 389000₩ (> 350$ / 2200 DKK). Nope.

Next stop was U-Plex right beside the Hyundai Department Store.
Their assortment wasn't impressive either but at least the pricing was better.

Isabella bought what she believed was an extremely ugly purple suitcase but it was while we were waiting for the store clerk to bring her a non-demo model that we saw the absolute ugliest suitcase ever. Look at that gray one in the picture below. Isabella also got a sheet of ugly stickers with her purchase.
 After this, we split up so we could go home and work on our assignments. We have one last final left that is the paper that we have to write for our Media Communication class and turn in Sunday night at 23.59.
She told me that she'd put the sticker on the suitcase and send me a picture, showing how ugly it was, once she got home. She delivered.

On my way home, I noticed something touch my skin. Was it a fly? No, it was a tiny ball of snow/hail!
We had a minor shower before it stopped again. The weather now is dry and we're constantly below zero degrees (celsius). We've still got snow lying around that came down more than a week ago and the tiny hails today stayed in their little ball shapes once they'd come down. It was pretty interesting. Speaking of the weather, I saw that we're supposedly getting snow tomorrow so hopefully I can be there and ready with my camera to snap some pretty pictures!

Once I got home, I changed into some more comfortable clothes. When I dropped my stockings and accidentally passed the mirror, I discovered that the nurse had left a band aid on each of my butt cheeks where she had given me the injections.
Look at these little wolves hahahah. Even band aids are cute in Korea!

On my way home, Chris, my old roommate, had asked if I had time for a Skype/Facebook call that we'd discussed having soon.
Yas! It turned into a 3.5 hour conversation - so no working on the paper tonight.
We talked about how we'd been, my adventures in Korea so far, his new job and apartment, the ONE OK ROCK concert he went to, and my plans for the future. And then I showed him a bunch of weird Korean snacks I'd found in the GS25 connected to my dorm.
We haven't talked in a long time so it was nice to catch up.

I felt a LOT better when I went to sleep tonight. The spots were not nearly as itchy and the swelling had subsided quite a lot. But butt was still a bit sore though.

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