Least you think it’s all been wine and roses.

It’s coming up on two years that I’ve been in Korea. I still haven’t heard if there will be a new contract for me for the 2017 school year. I’m hopeful, however, that isn’t the focus of this blog entry.

After lots of thought regarding whether I want write and post about this, I’ve decided to go ahead and do it. I’m actually still unsure if I should. I mean, once you put something out there in cyberspace, it’s there.  I started this blog to keep friends and family updated, but I’m under no delusions that other people don’t come across and read it. No turning back. I’ve posted about the travels and literal mountains I’ve conquered. Now it’s time to share about a different kind of mountain.

I’ll try to keep it short and pertinent. Basically, I will be having surgery in January. It’s been an ongoing process of trying to resolve the problem through various means over the course of 2016. It was January ’16 that the problem was found during my annual checkup. Multiple uterine fibroids, which have caused (among other things) iron deficient anemia. This has caused lots of tiredness and exhaustion.

After several visits to the hospital the GYN referred me to, the problem was not being resolved. Not to mention, going to the hospital these multiple times was something I did alone. In retrospect, this was probably not smart. Even back home it would have been wise to take somebody with me, if nothing else for moral support.

So, after my third visit to that hospital over an 8 month period I decided I needed to try somewhere else. Before the 3rd appointment I had scheduled a visit at a hospital in Seoul, which had been highly recommended to me by a couple of Korean friends. I’ll just say that if somebody is gong to do surgery on you, you should feel comfortable with their ability to communicate with you. Fully.

The new Doctor at the new hospital was very confident, both in his ability to successfully do the surgery and also his ability to have long conversations with me about it in English. On a side note, yes, I live in Korea and I am trying to learn the language. But it’s nowhere near good enough to be able to have these kinds of conversations with anyone. I am very grateful that these international clinics are available.

So, my surgery is scheduled for the second week in January 2017. I am hopeful and looking forward to recovering and feeling well. It’s been a long time since I haven’t felt tired for long chunks of the day. Waking up and having your first thought be, “when can I go back to bed?” is no fun, let me tell you!

Anyway, that’s the short version. Really. I’m not too worried, but the surgery does require being under anesthesia and a hospital stay, which I’ve never done either. (They won’t send me home the same day, like would happen at home. I think this is a good thing.) If you are a praying person, I would appreciate your prayers.

So, here’s to 2017. Here’s to starting off the new year with the hope of good news about a new contract. Here’s to  resolving a longstanding problem, finally; and here’s to feeling well enough, again, to have enough energy to go on more adventures!

Oh, and Happy New Year!

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13 Responses to Least you think it’s all been wine and roses.

  1. Elisabeth Weaver says:

    Oh cysts on your internal women bits are never fun, but you’ll be okay! And not going home the same day you go under general is something, imo, they should still do state side.


  2. Deb says:

    Praying Oh ‘adventurous1’ – my Greece Travel buddy! So glad that you may have found a cause for long running troubles. And so very glad that you will have a skilled & confident surgeon. Trust … You will fare well and we will be praying. An overnight stay is a good thing. Rest well. Swift recovery. Hugs!


  3. Kathy Moghadas says:

    Been there, did that, in 2000. You will have God’s miracles demonstrated by the people around you. Good luck, pre-planninga having point people who will be your go too’s. I am thinking about you.


    • Thanks, Kathy! I have somebody to help me out in the hospital. The Doctor seems to think I’ll be okay and not need help after they release me. But it would probably be wise to have friends at the ready, just in case.


  4. Anne Curtis says:

    Dear Gwenda,
    I am so sorry you have to go through this. I am sorry I am so far away and can’t be a “healing buddy.” I know you are an amazingly positive and resilient person. You will feel so much better soon!! I shall be with you in thoughts and prayers. I am pleased you have found a good doctor and hospital. All you have to do is show up and go to sleep! Trust that God has sent you the best healing hands! Love is a warm blanket holding you And prayers of all your friends and family are keeping you safe! Hugs from Anne


  5. Dianne young. Victory says:

    Prayers for successful surgery go across the ocean andfeel stronger fast


  6. Clint Kandle says:

    Know that we at New Covenant have been following your adventure and will keep you in prayer on these latest things unwanted adventures.
    Your servant in Christ,


  7. Karvett says:

    Praying for you! I love you! Hope you’re just having the time of your life over there! If not, what are you waiting for? Get to it! This is Jen not Eric but the way!


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