So we haven't updated in awhile. I can't decide whether to write that not much has happened or that a lot has happened. See we haven't had many adventures recently because we have had a lot of sickness going around and we are saving for a trip to Beijing at the end of December. Yet at the same time, a lot of mudane everyday things have happened; parents visiting, work changing around, and lots of visits to the hospitals. So I guess I have a lot to update for the past month.
I guess I will start by saying that it got cold very suddenly here in South Korea. Today it was snowing a little in the morning. The last entry I wrote was at the end of October and I was still wearing t-shirts then! Maybe thats normal change in weather but that is quite a sudden change for this Florida girl. Well because of the cold weather, Seth got a cough that he was fighting for about a month. For the first two weeks it was just a cough and he felt fine. The week before my family came things changed. He started feeling really bad, we would have mild fevers and the junk we was coughing up was not pretty.
The week my family was to come came and I figured out all the details as Seth stayed home and slept as much as he could. The 3 of them stayed with us in our loft apartment, a tight but do-able situation. Unfortunately it didn;t let Seth sleep as much as he could and he got worse. In the mean time I took my family out as and enjoyed all that our small Korean city could offer. My brother, Neal, loved kimchi (a typical korean side at every meal) which is very strange for waygooks, or foreigners. On of the Korean members from church took my family out on a city tour one day while we were at work and they loved it. Another day one of our friends, Grace, who works the public school system and is off at nights took my family to Soodom Noode which is a great place for traditional pajang (pancake like dish with onion and ocotpus) and a Korean styled Chicken noodle soup. That place also has the best kimchi in town as they make it fresh and in the restruant. Whereas most other places serve processed kimchi.
Well my dad left a few days early and afterwards Seth got even worse. The next day he went to the hospital. We found out a couple of weeks ago that Korean doesn't have any General Patrictioners, or a Family Doctor that you make an appointment with with you are sick. No, everyone here goes to the hospital for general sickness, even hangovers. You would think that would mean that the hospitals are overwhelmed and healthcare is expensive right? Nope, we were checked in, seen by a doctor, and got meds at a pharmacy all in 45 min, maybe if not less. And expensive? $16. For everything, including meds. Now we do get insurance through work but healthcare is just cheap here. My dad while he was here, cut his hand and had to get sticthes. With no insurance, an Emergency Room visit, 5 stitches, and 3 days of meds, cost all of $65. Makes you wonder what is wrong in America.
SO Seth had tonsilitis and mom supected he had broncitis as well because of the way he coughed. So after a week of meds, two visits to the doctor, and two shots of vitamins and maybe antibotics (we dont know what they were) he was finally feeling like himself. Less than a week after his last visit to the doctor, Seth has an allegeric reaction to some street food we ate. He had a spotted rash all over his body and was slightly feverish for a day. The food was fanastic, so good we had it two days in a row, Friday and Sat, which is probably why he had such a bad reaction. It was a huge waffle that was folded in half with some sort of jam and marshmellow cream in the middle. YUMMMMM so good. Now I want some. Anyways, he went to the ER Sunday because we wanted to know what was happening, then to a dermatologist on Monday, and now Tuesday night its finally going away. More experiences to add to our lists.
Well, I hope that explains the long absence. Hopefully I will keep updating in a more frequent manner in the future. Soon I will upload all the pics form our Halloween party at school.
Until then, Byes!