Archive for November, 2010

November 26th, 2010

Winter has arrived

Finland has been a true winter wonderland for a couple of weeks. Seemingly permanent snow fell in the north almost a month ago, and the couple big snow storms during the past week have covered the ground also here in the south. Yes, I know that “south” is a bit relative, so south for us Finns.

Boys have loved every aspect of the early winter, they have skied, sledged, and generally fooled around in the snow. I’ve been mostly focused on keeping the yard clean that is one of the best full-body exercise ever.

Now it is almost -15C and it still November. Crazy! But wonderful.

November 14th, 2010

Instead of Japan and Korea, spent a week in pneumonia

Two days before our trip to Japan and Korea, I felt ill. It first seemed like some ordinary and thus short fever, typical for situations in which you’ve just finalised a number of tasks and the body starts to relax — dropping its guards. No other symptoms, no cough, no sneezing, no headache, just fever.

Next day (Wednesday), I visited doctor and she was almost as puzzled as I was. I could maybe travel or then not. On Thursday, the travel day, I visited the doctor again, and while the fever had not dropped, I had dry cough from time to time. This resulted having me x-rayed, and pneumonia was discovered. No flying.

I was devastated and sorry for my family — who by the way took the news better than I did — and had to cancel the trip. I felt lousy both mentally and physically. Fortunately, the pills I got were pretty powerful, and I was quite ok already on Monday. Recovery was surprisingly slow, though, and I was up to the speed on Friday or Saturday, about ten days after the start of the illness. I’ve also come to accept my fate, and somehow been able to regather my thoughts to be able to focus on work and life fully again.

We should get our money back first from the travel agency, and the rest from our insurances. The bills have not yet been settled, but this should happen during the upcoming week. The next logical step is to start to think a new trip, but for the time being I’m too tired to do that. Maybe around Christmas.