Monday, May 20, 2013

Kidney Stones and Korea

Last Monday, Matt woke up around 2:30 in the morning with an intense pain in his back. It was so bad he couldn't stand up straight, he was sweating, and walking was painful. 

He decided around 3 that he needed to go to the hospital. I knew it had to be pretty bad because Matt usually keeps pain to himself and he NEVER wakes me up. Matt was pretty sure it was kidney stones, but the pain was really really bad. This being the first time with stones we just went to the hospital. I quickly called in for a sub, packed my computer, and we went to Kahuku Medical Center. 

We got him checked in and they confirmed it was kidney stones. They hooked him up with an IV, gave him some pain meds, and gave him a pee strainer. While we were in the hospital, he passed three stones. 

We stayed until around 7:30 and then went home. He was still really sore and felt like there were more stones. The doctor gave us some pain meds and strainer to take home and we were good to go.

It was quite the adventure and what a great way to start the week! Matt was a pretty good sport through all of this and the staff at Kahuku were awesome!

In other news, we are officially going to South Korea for the next year. About a month ago, Matt signed a contract to teach at a school in Korea. We had been planning this for a while, but didn't want to say too much until it was a done deal. The last few weeks we have been rushing around to get the documents for his visa because the school wanted him to be in Korea on May 27th!

We finally got everything done and Matt leaves this Sunday, May 26th!

I will be finishing my contract here, which ends June 26th, having my cousins visit, selling the car, and then spending a couple weeks with my family before I meet Matt. I should be getting a contract to teach at the same school in the next couple of weeks.

It's all very exciting, but a little nerve racking at the same time. I am still in the mindset that it's not real, and I don't think it will be until Matt gets on a plane and I actually have a contract to sign. But for right now this is plan A and we are getting excited!

We will be living in Suwon, and the school will be providing us housing. I know it's going to be hard to a)live without Matt for 8 weeks and b) to actually live in Korea! and c) to actually live in Korea hahaha, but it's and adventure and we are ready to take it!


  1. Jake says food is cheap—as long as you eat like a Korean—and that clothes is super cheap! Have fun! I wish we could have gone, but our trip wasn't the cards. Hope Matt is feeling better.

  2. How exciting... So awesome that ya'll are taking advantage of this time in your lives!

    Hope he's doing better- yikes to kidney stone pain!

  3. Danica, Thanks for the advice. I still feel like Korea won't work even though Matt has his ticket!

    Rita, Matt is doing much better!

    Thanks for reading and leaving your wonderful comments!

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