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The end is near

This is it. I wrote my final exam this morning. What remains is the last weekend adventure to the Sun Moon Lake, some paperwork at department office and finding my way to the plane on Monday. Feels weird. This place doesn’t feel that special anymore and that somehow makes this place more special. Everyday life has replaced adventure and excitement of finding new things every day. I noticed that even though it is really nice to be hyped about everything, it also takes quite a lot of energy to be surrounded with odd and unfamiliar. Making odd to become familiar took something away but in a way it also gave something more. The feeling is totally different but really difficult to explain. I’m still wondering how I can feel this ordinary living on a rainforest like hill when my homecountry is so different. I guess this is the reason humans have survived in all different places on earth. We are superb at adjusting to the environment.

I have said many goodbyes already and avoided crying only slightly. It makes me sad to leave these people behind when I don’t know if I ever see them again. Still, I feel excited and anxious to go back to Finland. I was away 5 months.. I feel that I might get more of a cultureshock when I go back than when I got here. I wonder if I will feel that some Finnish habits are weird now. And being able to talk with random people! Wow.. That must feel weird.

All in all, I have really loved my time here. If you are thinking to come here I highly recommend you to do that.

But now, adventure awaits!

 

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Special Week

This week had many special events to offer me. I got to see total hip replacement surgery, visit assistive technology center and say goodbye to my Finish friends here.

When I heard that we can go to see the surgery this week I was a bit unsure if I should even go. I felt a bit weak still after my flu and I was afraid that I might disturb the operation by fainting or feel sick. After one day I started to feel a bit better about this possibility to experience real surgery. Of course I had some horror pictures in my head about the tools they needed to use and how disgusting noises and smells I would experience, but I wanted to go. The day of operation I felt a bit nervous, but so did the other two students that came with me.

We went to the operation floor and were told to change our clothes to the operation clothes and cover our hair and shoes. We also had to wear a mask, of course. Then we went to the operation room and one nurse told us to go to the other room to wait. We waited for more than 30 min before this nurse came back to get us back inside.

In the table there was a patient and in the room 7 to 8 other people just doing their stuff. One of them showed us the patients x-ray and it looked really bad. The head of femur was so worn out it wasn’t even round anymore. No wonder the patient has been experiencing some pain.. This person, maybe a doctor, told us what was going to happen in the surgery. He was really nice and friendly. The last person to come in was “the boss” meaning the head surgeon. He also expalined to us what the surgery was going to be and then just walked to the table and started cutting.

To be hones I felt a bit dizzy. But I think it was not because of the blood (there was not that much of it) of smells (there was not any of those either). I just needed to have a bit lover view to the surgery site. Actually that was really good thing, because when I was standing I didn’t see much because there was 3 people ll the time standing really near to the surgery area. When I lowered myself I could see under their arms.

I think the surgery really demostrated well the restrictions THR patients have after the operation. When surgeon wanted to pop the femur head out of the socet he just told one of the assistive doctors to put the leg to a certain position and the bone just popped out. Would be really interesting to see more operations because it gave such a good insight for the patients condition. In this case the surgeon showed us the femur head after sawing it off the rest of the bone and it was in a terrible condition! Even though it was really intersting to see all of that I think most surprising thing to hear was the fact that the patient was awake all the time! They only put her to spinal anesthesia or something. I don’t know if I could handle that myself..

Then the assistive technology center with some pictures:

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Assistive chopstiks (some westerns would need this too..)

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Playing cards for blind people!

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Blind mahjong

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Assistive nail clippers (I would need this sometimes..)

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Peeking mirror for wheelchair users

There were also some nice wheelchairs and mopeds we tried and one one compuret mouse that was operated by eyemovement. Impressive!

I have been travelling here with two other Finnish girl who came here a bit before I did. We have had so much fun here and we met almost every weekend. Now they both leaved. One this Sunday and other next week. It will be a bit weird without them.. I’m happy that I won’t be alone because my classmate is still here, but I think I will miss the other girls.

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Girlpower!

Home sweet home

I have to admit that sometimes I miss Finland. I don’t feel too stressed or sad here though and I think that my ordinary life here is really similar to my life in Finland. I study and then I come back home (tired) and try to do some school stuff and keep in contact with my friends. Not that much difference there. Weekends still get my adventure-and-holiday mode up, but not that easily than before. Last weekend I noticed that even though being on high mountain was really nice and relaxing, it didn’t give me those special kind of feelings like at first when I travelled in Taiwan. Taiwan specialities start to feel like everyday normal stuff. It is kind of fun, but kind of sad too.

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Not that special amazing place at Wulai.

Most I miss my kitchen. The possibility to cook and being able to decide what to eat. Taiwanese food is really good! But it is still a bit gluten stuffed, so I need to be careful with what I eat. That is something that really gets me tired. Last week I bought a cup and it made me really happy. Now I have a small opportunity to “cook” meaning I can decide if I want tea or hot chocolate and if I want tea do I want honey with it. That really makes a world of difference! I have some control here now. 😀

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My precious..!

Other thing I miss back home is the sunlight. Believe or not, I feel almost like in Finnish winter here sometimes. Well, when I go to hospital there is light and when I get there is light, but only for about 1 hour. That really confuses me sometimes. This time of year sun sets after 10 PM in Finland. Couple weeks ago I almost got some winter crumpy feelings when I felt that it is always dark here. Oh, how I miss that amount of light!

I have always been good calling different places home. Home is where I have my pillow! If I’m travelling and I live in hotel you can hear me say “lets go back home” when I mean my room at hotel. Couple days ago I bought tickets to Tokyo. I decided the day I will leave here and it made me feel weird. I realized that somehow I feel that this is my home now.. It is always a bit sad to leave from home. It was a bit strange to notice this feeling of mine. I didn’t expect to feel at home here. Not in a dorm and with different language. And here I am, two months abroad and I already feel like home.

First ending

This first two weeks has been amazing. We have had a lot of time to get used to the country and these habits here. This far we have only had some lessons at university and next Monday our actual clinical training begins. It is exciting and at the same time a bit sad. We have met many students here and some teachers as well and all of them have been really friendly and nice to us. It is sad to think that some of those I have met last time now. It makes me think about the time when I will leave here and see all of this last time. But maybe this is not a time for that!

In these two weeks I have learned some new skills! This week we tried pilates torture machine. It might have had another name too, but I don’t remember it at the moment. It was actually really interesting machine and I started to think how could I make on of those for myself. It is funny how much different exercise machines people have made and there is no end to it..

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Using the torture machine.

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Actually this wasn’t that bad..

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It was even slightly fun!

We also tried some gyrokinesis. It seems quite okay. We only had one lesson so I cant say much about it, but it seemed interesting and worth trying some more. That also has some kind of a torture machine but we didn’t see that one. In addition to these we have dug into our brains trying to solve some case assignments and I already opened my Magee to check out couple of things. (Magee is a really heavy book about musculosceletal assessment.)

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One can measure muscle strenght with this “häkkyrä”. I forgot the name..

Our Chinese improves all the time. I get small learning experiences almost every day. I still have no idea what these people are talking about..

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Trying to learn new words. This is difficult because locals know their marks better and writing something we will understand takes some time usually.

I have also learned that I get really tired if I try to go out every day and do something awsome. But I get really bored if I just sit in front of my computer. Maybe I need to learn to do something a bit less awesome but still active. I guess I will be in best shape of my life when I leave here. I have decided that in the end of the exchange period I will run these stairs up. 😀 I have improved really well these two weeks I have stamped those stairs. Every. Day.

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Small portion of my everyday stairs. Okay, maybe half of them if I go up only once.

Bye bye Finland

16.00 Helsinki-Vantaan lentokenttä

We are sitting at the airport waiting for the boarding time. Half an hour to go and I’m so excited! I have been grinning for days. Only difficulty is that I have to go through customs in Shanghai. That means that I have to pick up my big luggage, go to customs and then go through check-in again. We have six hours before the plane to Taiwan leaves so I hope that is plenty of time to do everything.

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(16.05 FIN) 22.05 Taipei, Taiwan.

I would have liked to update this also in Shanghai, but aparently Free Wifi means free wifi for those who have chinese cellphone number.. 😛 I almost got nervous when one of the staff members in Finland started to wonder why we didn’t have visas to China. I haven’t even thought that we might need one for just passing by. But aparently we didn’t.

So we got safely to Shanghai and got my luggage and went to chek-in again. Only this time we were too early and we had to wait 2 hours before we could even chek-in. But couple of words about the flight. I dislike long flights, I usually don’t get enought sleep. This time we had also one screaming Chinese woman at the middle of the night and after that some really chatty teenagers right behind us. Nice.. I felt like an old grumpy lady who would have liked to hit everyone. To face. With a chair. Also our seats were right at the back of the plane, so there was always quite bright lights for the flight attendants.

I got some sleep on the Shanghai airport and more on the fight to Taipei. The flight was a bit late so more sleep to me! Our tutors found us easily and after that everything has been easy! I will tell more about that tomorrow. But I have to say, that now that I have been flying around more, I’m not that scared about the security checks (even though they always have something to ask me). It feel nice not to be so scared.

Thoughts about leaving

This going to abroad for 4 months thing is really not my  kind of thing at all. I am a person who always wants to know everything beforehand. How things are done and what is the right way to do things. I’m terribly afraid of failure and I don’t like to try new things if I don’t know what is expected of me. I like rules and structure and boring stuff. It makes me feel safe and in control of the situation. Why on earth am I going to Taiwan?

I already pity my travel companion, since he is the one who will see the worst part. I like travelling alone because then it doesn’t matter how many times I check the timetable or my tickets or the flight gate or time or what ever. Once in Amsterdam I checked five times that I was going to the right platform while waiting for the train. In worst cases I check something and walk couple of steps just to turn around and check it just one more time to be sure. Luckily my travel companion is maybe the most relaxed guy I have ever met.

All in all.. Even though this is not something I usually do or maybe just because that is the case, I’m really excited. I trust that I will learn a lot. Not just about school stuff but about life and myself. Sometimes you just have to go to places and situations you are not comfortable with. Otherwise evolving doesn’t happen. What is the point of being the same all the time if there is a chance to be better?

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8 days!

Almost ready to go!

I have been feeling unreal about this trip to Taiwan. There has been so much school work to do that I have had no time even to think about leaving Finland. I’m happy that we have a weeks holiday! That usually means more time to prepare for exams etc.. Now I had to get a grip and do something useful about upcoming trip too.

So today I took some painkillers (I’m recovering from a wisdom tooth suddenly disappearing from my mouth with some help of a doctor) and headed to town. I have had permanent travel insuranse that covers trips up to 45 days, but it is not enough now. To increase my insured days to almost 4 months I have to pay 160 e. This is sad day for my wallet, but I think my mom will be happy now.  I also did some other things my mom would be proud. This includes making notification of traveling to Finland’s Ministery of Foreing Affairs. Now I can rest asured that if there is an earthquake and my house falls, somebody comes to find me. Maybe.

Adding to these brave things I went to shopping. Disapointingly I didn’t find what I was looking for. I was trying to find a nice adapter, one that you can use everywhere you go. Gigantti only had different kinds of adapters. Well, maybe I will find it somewhere else. Still, my bravery didn’t fail me! I continued my adventure on the wonderful world of internet. I know I have said this before, but thank god we have so many helpfull staff at school to push us through all the paperwork and things related to that. We have this list of things you should do before the trip and when I checked it today I had done it all! What a relief!

9 days…