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Talk about sh*t hitting the fan…

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Is it me?  Or did I just land in the country most well known for “drama?”  

Just visited my great friend Derek at his wedding in Hawaii with the beautiful bride Bonnie and great friends.  It was seriously a beautiful wedding. Here’s the couple dancing to “Bella’s Lullaby” played by you would think a professional piano player, but rather by their niece “Rachel” who is AMAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZING!!!! (think of Will Ferrell yelling this like he did at the Harvard Commencement speech).

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Appreciating “being healthy”

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I’m barely able to type today needing my left hand to support my right arm whenever I need to move it more than a few inches.  This past weekend at a recreational event for my company, people were jumping on my scooter to ride around the courtyard.  I jump on and go a little faster than most and find out that the gravel/dirt on the playground is too loose to go too quickly and “Wham!”, I land on my right shoulder not knowing what had just happened. Continue reading

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I don’t know if this is wrong or just one of the things we should expect more of in the future?

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Pregnant Man?

Pregnant Man?

The Pregnant Man Gives Birth

Thomas Beatie, also known as The Pregnant Man, has given birth to a girl, he confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Beatie, 34, who began life as a woman and legally switched to a male identity, while preserving his female reproductive organs, and his wife Nancy, 46, welcomed a daughter at an Oregon hospital on June 29. Both Beatie and his daughter are healthy and doing well, he tells PEOPLE. Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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Medical help in Korea

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Adding to a list provided by the US Embassy, I thought these resources would be helpful for anyone who needs help medically in South Korea.    The list starts off with facillities in Busan, but Seoul & other cities follow right after.

PUSAN

Dong-eui Medical Center (near Seomyun)

**note: Dong-eui Medical Center has foreigners come regularly & I know someone who had a very good experience there with the RN speaking decent enough English.

Good Gang-an Hospital (near Gwangali Beach)

Inje University Paek Hospital:

Address 633-165 Kaekum-dong, Pusanjin-ku, Pusan
Web site www.paik.ac.kr/
Telephone 051-894-5301-8
Emergency Room:051-890-6220

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More support for my theory that there is TOO MUCH EXERTION on the body

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I have this little theory that running 20+ miles or even as little as 10+ is a bit too much on the body.  While I think what people do with marathons is amazing, I sometimes wonder if it’s something that pushes our bodies way too hard.  A story on top of several others I’ve read over the years makes me wonder:

Wisconsin man dies after marathon Sun Mar 2, 10:00 PM ET – originally here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080303/ap_on_sp_ot/run_little_rock_marathon_death

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A 27-year-old Wisconsin man collapsed and died Sunday after completing the Little Rock Marathon. Continue reading

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Time’s Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs (2007)

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#1. Circumcision Can Prevent HIVIn December 2006, the National Institutes of Health halted two clinical trials of male circumcision after an early review of the data showed that the procedure dramatically reduced transmission of HIV. Early this year, the details of those studies were published in the Lancet: In the two randomized trials, which included 7,780 HIV-negative men in Rakai, Uganda, and Kisumu, Kenya, researchers found that medically circumcised men were at least 51% less likely than uncircumcised men to acquire HIV during sex with women. The editors of the Lancet called the discovery “a new era for HIV prevention.” Scientists don’t know yet whether male circumcision can also provide protection for female partners — a new study on the hypothesis is forthcoming next year. Continue reading

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I think I’m pregnant (or have a rock in my stomach)…and Norman Mailer tells me I’m about to give birth…

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I feel like I’ve had a bunch of food in my stomach for the past few weeks despite not eating…I even get hungry, but feel like I’ve just eaten a couple hot dogs despite my hunger. I literally feel like I have something in my stomach & I don’t know what to do about it.

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Is anyone SAD?

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I get these random updates from an Xanga blog from this teacher up north who I subscribed to at one point & have failed to remove since her once in a while (actually it’s like every other day) updates are sometimes entertaining. She’s a little “off” and she’s the one who complained to headquarters that I contacted her out of the blue & asked her to come down to Busan to have a drink or bite to eat to learn more about the Academies down here. I probably need to unsubscribe, but what the heck…it takes up a few seconds of my life every other day. Continue reading

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Speed Doctoring — the “speed dating” of the medical world (the South Korean Medical System)

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Warning: this may be too much information. 🙂

I went to the doctor’s this morning to check on my foot, my heart and well, let’s just say some personal issues. I’ve been needing to tend to these for quite some time. I wish I would of solved my issues with my right foot since birth, but oh well. I always put it off, but recently it’s been hurting. With my heart, I’ve been having a consistent pains that feel like a strain and I wonder if the added stress to my life along with the rough year in 2005 may have done some damage. I feel weaker, my blood circulation is also a bit weak with feelings with numbness in my limbs, hands and feet. I feel a bit tired these days too, but who knows? So, I go to the doctor… Continue reading

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