Friday, August 28, 2009

Gall Bladder Extraction Adventure

A week after returning from London, I ended up in the ER. I had been having some pain in my right upper quadrant (under my ribs) for quite some time. This Tuesday, the pain became too much for me to bear. I went to the ER. That is where the fun began. I was being admitted into the hospital, but there were no beds so I stayed in the ER. The ER is not a place you want to be if you are tired or even want to sleep. The older gentleman next to me was SUPER annoying. He ripped out his IV twice and bled everywhere so the staff had to clean it up. He also screamed, "HELP! HELP!!" about every 20 minutes. It was awesome.
At 9:15 a woman comes in and says, "I have bad news, (I was thinking they were going to say I have to wait another day to have the surg) We need to move you into the hall since we need the beds and you are a non-urgent patient. So I sat on the stretcher from 9:15 until 1pm when the OR staff finally came to get me. I don't remember anything from the time they put something in my IV (anesthesia) until they woke me up in recovery.
I was really hoping to go home, but they kept me another night - woo hoo! I do not like staying in hospitals. My neighbor was a very strange and whiney and I almost told her to shut up, but she obviously needed the attention from the nursing staff.
I came home on Thursday afternoon and can't drive until the pain goes away, but I am hoping for that soon. So all things considered, I am doing just fine.
Hope all are well!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Well I made it home safely and it has been so nice to sleep in my own bed, eat tomatoes fresh from mom's garden and visit Wawa. I haven't had much jet lag yet -so that is good.

Great news: I got my internship with Jubilee USA and I am so excited. This is going to be a tremendous opportunity. I cannot wait!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Things I have learned....

My study abroad has been a truly wonderful experience and I know that I am tremendously fortunate to be able to be here. In my time here I have gotten to visit so many wonderful places outside of London like Bath and Salisbury here in England. I have also gone to Brussels, Bruges, Salizburg, Edinburgh, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Paris.

here are a few things I have learned:

I can navigate London, if you tell me that the place I am going to is a short distance from a tube station. Otherwise forget it.
I am crap with maps.
If you are waiting for a bus here in London, it will inevitably not show up. For instance, when we went to see Katy Perry, there was a tube strike. So we waited 45 minutes for a bus that never came.

Brits have terrible taste in music. I always have the DUMBEST songs stuck in my head.
I have adopted certain phrases and they will probably stick with me such as, "that is lovely" or saying "proper" a lot.

I love this city. Living here permanently is not going to work for me. Their beer is never cold enough, nor is there is solid drinking beer like yuengling or miller lite.
What is with the no free refills and the miniature drinks?

I love how accessable Europe is from London. It is so wonderful.

I will miss London desperately, but can't wait to try something new.
Baltimore and DC here I come...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wednesday Night Rambling

Well, it is two weeks until I will be back on US soil for the 1st time in so many months. I cannot say that I am not sad to leave London, but am quite pleased to be going home. I miss my bed and my ceiling fan and of course my family. I will miss the beautiful and eclectic city that London is. It really is a gateway to the rest of the world. The city is filled with millions of people from all over the place. Lauren works with people from all over the place, not just the UK. It is truly unique, like my favorite place in the city - Camden Market. It is the coolest market filled with stalls that are so random and fabulous at the same time. There is the Goth booth filled with all sorts of earrings (?) for all of your assorted piercings next to an Indian booth filled with beautiful tapestries and pashminas next to the girly-girl dress shop. It is so much fun to go and walk around to see all of the wares for sale. I will miss treking there to find a funky birthday present or just for something to do.

Strange as it may seem, I really want to get back to a job. While not working has been extremely relaxing, it is also boring! I also miss the steady cash flow. I am ready to leave London in that regard as well.

This weekend Lauren, Ilani (a co-worker of Lauren's who has become a wonderful friend) and I are going to Paris for a short trip. It is hard to be so close to the city and not go. After that, just a short week until I go home, oh and a U2 concert!!!!! (My tickets arrived and I am STOKED).