Annyong haseyo, everyone.
I’m afraid this post will be a bit of a Debbie-downer.
My throat hurts. Again, and always. I worked 3 12-hour days last week, in an extremely stressful and negative environment. We are totally understaffed, forcing us all to teaching double classes at times (I was stuck by myself with 36 middle-schoolers, and Admin had the nerve to ask me to give the one girl individual attention because her level was so much higher than the rest). I think that the long hours and constant use of my voice has left me in this condition, plus the fact that I probably wasn’t fully recovered from my tonsillectomy when I finally went back to work. Despite my promising visit to the hospital two Fridays ago, and the fact that I think the new antibiotic has helped a lot with my swollen glands all over my neck and jaw, nothing can substitute proper recovery time.
It also doesn’t help that I didn’t get to sleep until 5:50am Saturday morning because Glenn *had* to Skype with his friend for 3 hours starting at 2:30am.
Below is a picture of my throat as it currently is. There is a giant white bubble with pus dripping down the back of my throat. It looks worse now than it has for the past 10 months, but it actually doesn’t hurt as badly as it did when I had the peritonsillar abscesses and was recovering from the tonsillectomy (that was THE absolute worst!). However, I’m hoping that someone in the medical field reads this blog and can message me to let me know his/her thoughts… because, clearly, the Korean doctors can’t figure out what’s going on with me. Maybe a friend or family member could print out the picture and bring it to their doctor for me. If it sounds like I’m desperate, it’s because I am.
I was told that I’ll be offered a 3-month contract once mine ends in early October. I have mixed feelings about this; I’ll be glad for the chance to stay while Glenn finishes out his contract, but at the same time, I desperately need a break from teaching – or any job that requires use of my voice, for that matter. I’m not sure what to do at this point, because I want to resign and have the stability of an income until Glenn and I leave Korea, but at the same time, being here is clearly not good for me. I’m also afraid to travel because I don’t want my condition to get worse.
‘Tis quite the pickle.