The rains have come to South Korea, as typhoon season kicks off. But before they came I managed to get out to my old hometown of Hwasun for a quick visit. In this video I catalogue what has changed and what has stayed the same since the last time I was there–nearly two years ago.
First I’ll take you on a little stroll through Dolsan-eup and then I’ll have a nice chat about my last hospital visit.
Something I forgot to mention in the video is that IBS is normally triggered by psychological stress. When the doctor prescribed me a month’s worth of pills I asked if it was safe to drink alcohol while taking the medicine. He said that it was okay, but that beer was actually an aggravator for IBS, so it should be avoided.
Well that is just not fair Viewers. Ah well. I’ve made do with tea and meditation colouring books.
So when my pain went away in November, it was because I’d quit alcohol, NOT sugar! Who knew?
I am no stranger to Korean hospitals. But my previous visits have all been of the ‘I did something dumb and need it fixed’ variety. Going to the hospital for pain that I didn’t know the cause of was an entirely different experience. Luckily I had a great doctor and it turned out to be something very mundane and manageable.
Getting sick outside your home country sucks. It was a rollercoaster of uncertainty for a while there and I am grateful to the wonderful people who helped and supported me and I will never forget their kindness. I was really struggling and I would have drowned without them.
However I think the worst of it has passed and I am back to my energetic, optimistic self. Finding purpose in my new job, friends in my new city, and taking care of my mental and physical health have all contributed to my speedy recovery.
So if you feel like you’re drowning, take care of yourself and remember that you’re not alone.
Spring has arrived and so has a new segment I’m calling ‘High Adventure’! It will be a kind of partner segment to ‘One Short Day’, but instead of spending an entire day in a big place, these will be shorter, more compact excursions to a particular place/event.
I’m back in Canada and over the dreaded jet lag. It was a bit of a rush to get this video done because-as you know-I was travelling for a month and I didn’t do any musical work during my trip. But everything is back on track now and it’s full steam ahead!
In this month’s video Kristy is reveling in two Canadian traditions that she loves: Halloween and Tim Hortons. But lakeside living comes with a few challenges Kristy did not foresee. Will she get to enjoy her beloved Timmies? Find out in the next musical installment of In Transition: A Musical!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween. ^__^
September kicks off a whole new Musical from Just Short of Fantastic! This year, I’m moving back to Canada…and I’m making a musical series about it! What new adventures await me as I transition out of expat life and back into…regular (?) life? Watch as I tackle this curious phenomenon called “reverse culture shock”, in a new music video every month from now until August 2017.
As always, thanks for accompanying me on this fascinating journey. ^__^