A bug? A snake?! The mysterious sting ends at the hospital

Wednesday night at about 9 pm I went for a walk. As I was heading down the concrete path by the school something stung the side of my left foot. Immeadiately, I used my cell phone to check my foot and noticed a little blood, I looked for the culprit and found nothing. As soon as I put my left foot down again, I realized I could no longer stand on it….so I walked awkardly back home.

When I got inside I washed it and put ice on it to subside the swelling on half of my foot. After messaging a friend, I contacted my co-teacher who luckily had her boyfriends car. We drove to the emergency room at a small hospital in Donghae. The doctor’s didnt know what was wrong as the allergist wasn’t in. So they gave me a saline drip for 3hours and 2 shots of antihistamines one in the ass, how delightful. They said come back in the morning, especially if it gets worse.

I went home and did not sleep at all that night. Navigating the house by hopping on one foot or by crutches was not easy. Then there was the swelling which only went to my ankle but was now under my knee by the time I met my co-teacher to go back to the doctor’s. We went back to the hospital and they put a new brace on my leg and said I should go to the other hospital in Gangneung after getting a pain shot.

When we arrived in Gangneung, I was sent to the emergency room as the specialist was not in until monday. The doctor’s baffled by what was wrong with me took a blood test and x rays of me. I was laying on the cot in the hallway for a long time. My co-teacher said they had no idea what it was so they gave me pain medication and antihistamine shot. I was hooked up to a meal replacement iv. My co-teacher had to leave as someone had to teach english camp. { I was disappointed as today we were going to learn about the usa and make piñatas.} So another teacher would arrive around 3 to look after me.

The doctors were thankful  that I spoke some Korean and they came and took pictures of my foot. Poking and examining it, they told me there was nothing they could see and because I am young, I would be okay. However, I should not be on my foot at all. I need absolute rest for the next 3~4 days. Which means I should stay at a hospital because I live alone, I wouldn’t really rest. However, I couldn’t stay at their hospital because there was no room.

Finally, the department head arrived and took me back to the school. My principal told me that she asked all the elderly neighbors and they said, ” It could only be a snake.” Most of the teachers at my school share this same opinion that it was a snake though  don’t have any poison in my blood stream. So was it a snake? The verdict is still out, but I believe the elderly are right in this case.

I was escorted to a smaller hospital by a few teachers last night. I had to do another blood test and more x-rays. I was hooked up to another iv and given a leg brace as well. No one seems to know why my foot is the way it is. All I know is that it hurts to move and the bones hurt to touch.

My coteacher and her boyfriend brought me dinner and left afterwards, I was put in a room with a bunch of elderly women. I have realized it is a task to do anything with an iv and bum leg.

The ladies in the room have rotated a bit and their caregivers have been very kind to me. Getting me water, offering me corn, and one lady even washed my hair. We chit-chatted in Korean a bit.

The current diagnosis is unknown and I am here until monday when they do another round of blood tests. I’m hoping to be discharged then and on my way back home to teach my kids.

Walking on two feet would also be nice.


The leg comparison of swelling.

My regular hospital meals.

16 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Oh my baby…how I wish I could be there to help take care of you and get answers! Do not wait too long for answers. Push if you don’t understand for a better explanation. Get help from other teachers if needed! keep me informed. love you

    1. Love you too mom. I will no worries, the teachers will take turns visiting everyday…though they cant speak english they can ask the doctors more than me.

  2. Kristina..Safta is very upset that no one seems to know ( well, maybe the old ladies) what has given you such swelling and pain. Perhaps a black spider?? Mention that, please.
    Keep me posted. I love you,

    1. Hi Safta, it isnt a bug I have been tested or a black spider. Its just a mystery, the doctors may not know but its okay. Love you too xoxo

  3. Oh no Nina! That would my worst fear! It looks like it is bruised all the way up your leg. I feel better knowing that people are looking out for you. It sounds like there is a good community where you are. Take care of yourself and keep us updated. On a side note – I think I would hate being a dishwasher there. Way too many bowls!

    1. Lol!!! To the dishwashing hahaha. You know it never occured to me it would happen, certainly adds a bit of excitment to my week. Will keep you updated xoxo

  4. Nina,
    OMG!…I wish that we were able to be like “witches”, and tell what the hell bit you..No matter what it was, the main thing is that you are being cared for..and by the sounds of things, you are.Once , while we lived in Florida, Marie got bit, and her swelling so resembled your’s..it was a spider, but then a medical person said it could have been a “red fire ant”..Gosh, Nina, your
    Leg looks so sore..Please note we wish that you get better fast and they find the right antibiotic.
    Gotta fly, we’ll chat soon..we love you, please stay safe and good karma from us to you..
    Aunt Millie & Marie

    1. Thanks Aunt Millie & Marie! I think the doctor mentioned an ant yesterday when talking but it is still unknown. I’m being cared for just too bad I don’t know the reason. Sending good karma to the both of you! Xoxo

  5. Kristina, we are all worried about you!!!! I wish you had one person, like your mom, in charge of taking care of you. YOu mentioned that a doctor is coming in on Monday. Make sure you see him/her. If the leg is not better by then, possibly you need to go to a different hospital. Keep us all informed. Our best wishes go out to you and Nana and Puddin’ are also thinking of you. After you leave the hospital and go home, you should stay off of yu rfeet for qa coupl of days. We love you so muchhhhhhhhhhh !

    Gramma and Grampa D. { :- (

    1. Thanks gramma and grampa! I saw the doctor they will do a blood test on monday and then release me after checking it. The swelling is going down very slowly. This is the third hospital I will not be going a 4th unless absolutely necessary. Say Hi to Nana and Puddin!! Are you babysitting them? Love you too xoxo

  6. Kris, what was the food that they served you. Usually I like the look of the Korean food, but the picture of the food you sent did not look appetizing!

    Love Gram D.

  7. Kris, is there any way we could call you ? We tried your cell phone , but we could not get through.

    Love and hugs,

    Gramma and Grampa D.

    1. Yes but its night time now. I wouldnt call until about 6:30 pm your time. You can call me through skype but you need skype credit which can be purchased with a credit card. If you dial the cell you need to add the country code first. I can log into skype tomorrow. Night~

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