I am constantly grateful given the chance to go study abroad in Japan, all the way from Indonesia. It has been such a great experience. But I am not gonna talk about that now. No, I am not gonna tell you how beautiful and amazing it has been, or how envious my life is. I am gonna write you how breaking a leg could be a pain in the ass. Literally.
Being a girl living alone in a dorm is not an unfamiliar situation for me. Neither is going abroad. But living 3,000 miles (that’s almost 5,000 km, btw) away from home for 11 months is definitely a contemporary change.
Back home, I never cared about what I eat. I used to devour everything that is in front of me. My eating routine was basically eating whatever I want, whenever I feel like eating. So being 9 hr flight away from home, with no adult (parent) supervision, and access to monthly stipend, inevitably turned me into an unstoppable cookie monster.
I had a lot of first encounter with foods here in Japan, especially sweets. From commercial chocolate to monjyu (bean cake), mochi (Japanese rice cake), taiyaki, takoyaki, the list goes on and on and on.. *wiping my saliva*.
Six months living with such lifestyle makes me feel so unhealthy. I started paying attention to what I eat and I exercise. I jog 2 or 3 times a week, and I do other sorts of exercise as well. I am doing all that with one goal in mind : being healthy.
So there I was, running. The weather was nice and breezy. 15 minutes away from my dorm, I felt like I have no control over my right leg. I couldn’t run, or even walk up the stairs to my room in second floor. Coming back to my room was really a struggle. I was drenched in sweat from holding the pain. In my room, I just laid there on my futon. I could not stand up at all.
The following morning I went to my university’s hospital. The doctors (yeah, DOCTORS- as in plural form) said I pulled my glutes and that I wasn’t allowed to stretch, run, or do any exercise. In conclusion, I broke my leg and I am gonna have to deal with the pain in my bum for quite a while *sobbing*