A Wrench in My Study Abroad Preparations

I haven’t blogged in a while, and I always used the excuse that I’m too busy. I have too much schoolwork to do, I have to go to the gym, I have meetings to attend, blah, blah, blah. But, now that I’m home for winter break, I no longer have excuses not to blog. And yet I haven’t been doing it. Instead, I’ve been binge-watching Gossip Girl, scrolling through Buzzfeed, and reading articles on Thought Catalog that remind me I should be blogging. So here I am, once again attempting to get back into the swing of things. But, there’s a glaring reason why I absolutely without a doubt must get back to writing. Come February 1st, I will be boarding a plane to the Czech Republic and studying abroad for four months. I plan to document everything.

Maybe I was secretly inspired by Gossip Girl to begin blogging again.
Image courtesy of perezhilton.com.

After I headed home for winter break, I started researching the culture of the Czech Republic to begin preparing for my trip. I even downloaded an app to hear a “Czech Word of the Day.” I know about five words now. It’s a start.

Then the unthinkable happened. Last weekend, I went to the ER after such intense pain on the right side of my back and discovered that I had suffered a pulmonary embolism. There isn’t just one blood clot in my lungs. There’s multiple. Hearing this news as I sat in the ER, my first thought was, “Will I be able to study abroad?” I was afraid to hear the answer.

Thankfully, the doctors said yes. By February 1st, I should be healthy enough to travel. What started as pain in my leg that I mistook as a pulled muscle ended up being blood clots that traveled up into my lungs. As a healthy 20-year-old with no history of major medical issues, this was a shock. The culprit? My birth control pills that I recently started at the end of October. One of the side effects of birth control, although extremely rare, is a pulmonary embolism. Of course I didn’t think it would happen to me. I guess I’m just one of the lucky ones.

These flowers sent from a close friend succeeded in making me forget for a brief moment that I was stuck in a hospital bed.
These flowers sent from a close friend succeeded in making me forget for a brief moment that I was stuck in a hospital bed.

Now, I will be on blood thinners for the next six months as I wait for the clots to break up. January will be a month of rest and recovery as I wait to board that plane.

Although Christmas was overshadowed by my three-day stay in the hospital, I guess you could say a Christmas miracle occurred. I not only caught my blood clots in time before it was too late, but I received positive news that will still let me gallivant through Europe in the coming months.

I’ll distract myself from the now-sedentary lifestyle I must endure these next few weeks by blogging and preparing for my trip.

One of my Christmas presents to help me get ready for my semester abroad.
One of my Christmas presents to help me get ready for my semester abroad.

Wish me luck,

Morgan

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