Head colds are awful. They are just bad enough to make you feel miserable, but not quite so bad as to justify staying home to rest. Getting a head cold over the weekend is even worse, though, because you know that even if you were to call in sick, you’d have to go in to work anyway to write up sub plans and make sure everything is ready for the day.
I can usually combat the symptoms of a head cold with regular cold medicine, but late at night I realised that the only medicine I had available at home was some night-time gel caps. I really, really, really hate medicines like that because they seem to leave my head in a fog all day long. But since I needed something to relieve the symptoms so I could at least sleep, I took some before going to bed. I was able to sleep through the night and woke up on time, but it sure was a struggle to make it through the first part of my day!
Even though I felt awful and I was still feeling the side effects of the cold medicine, I was determined to make sure that our day went about as usual! We went to the gym for P.E., several more students shared their colony research reports, we went outside for recess, and we continued to review how to divide multi-digit numbers by a single-digit divisor. And that was just in the morning! The afternoon saw our mix-up math groups also working on division, then my class went to Music. The end of the day was full of reading: another chapter of Bridge to Terabithia, Today’s Topics, and SOAR.
It was a good day, other than the awful head cold! I will not be with my class tomorrow, though, because I will be serving as an Election Judge for Champaign County during the Primary Elections tomorrow. I was hoping to be placed in the precinct that includes Wiley, but my assignment is in Savoy. I am confident that my students will have a fantastic day tomorrow while I am performing my civic duty!
Last weekend I came down with a nasty cold that I battled long and hard. On Tuesday I dragged myself to school and discovered nearly a fifth of my class had also come down with nasty colds. I survived Tuesday and dragged myself to work again on Wednesday so that I could be there for my student teacher’s first observation and also so that I could participate in our fourth grade data review meeting. But by the end of the day I was still stuffed up and slightly nauseated.
So I made sub plans, called in sick, and have spent the day finally recovering from my cold. My nose is still a little stuffy, but not as bad as it was the past few days. I was able to sleep in (and on my brand-new mattress, too!), rested all morning, and felt better so my wife and I finally got our bedroom organised. (It took us slightly more than a month, but our home is finally unpacked, organised, and ready for guests to visit!) Then I spent the remainder of the day resting.
I hope that my class had a great day today. I know the sub well, as she has subbed for me many, many times in the past few years and she is a retired fourth grade teacher who used to work in the same room I work in now. I hope that my class had fun during P.E., that they wrote excellent paragraphs about a story they’ve read a couple of times, that they learned more about ecosystems, that they enjoyed continuing to learn the story of August Pullman, and that they have a better understanding of the properties of addition and subtraction that help explain how and why certain computations always work.
I hope. I won’t know for sure until tomorrow, of course. But any parents who are reading are encouraged to ask their children how their first day with a substitute teacher in fourth grade went and what they accomplished!
I hate being sick. And I hate having to take cold medicines to deal with being sick. When I don’t have work, my usual method for dealing with being sick is to curl up in a ball and sleep in my bed until I am feeling better.
Alas, I could not do that today, although I felt like calling in sick around midnight. But I figured I could slog my way through the day. Besides, it was Friday, and Friday’s are usually pretty easy days.
We had a spelling test in the morning, silent reading, and math. The afternoon was spent with the students participating in their preferred activities during Read, Write, Think. I tried to change some things up with Read, Write, Think, but I’m not going to do it that way again. I am trying to make it more structured, but the structure I tried today didn’t quite work out the way I had hoped, so I’ll try something new the next time we do it.
So I made it through a day at work while feeling sick. Here’s to hoping I’m feeling better by Monday!
My wife and I went shopping on Friday evening, and I happened to have the misfortune of handling money that had been handled by a cashier who was sniffling and wiping his nose before and after the transaction. Teachers are always harping on students about not touching their “T-zones”: your eyes, nose, and mouth.
I think we should also tell them to not touch anything that has been touched by someone who has previously touched any of the above facial features.
It doesn’t take long to catch a cold from someone who is carrying the virus. In my case, it took roughly 24 hours. I spent Saturday evening and all day Sunday in a medicated stupor, hoping to overcome the cold well enough to come to work today.
I felt dizzy and lightheaded most of the day, but I managed to make it to the end, and even through our weekly staff meeting! As a precaution, though, I warned my class that I had been sick over the weekend. I asked for a volunteer to run to my grade-level partner’s room and tell her if I happened to collapse to the floor and/or pass out. Several volunteered, and other volunteered to help maintain order. I didn’t collapse or pass out,fortunately, but I am glad that I have students who are willing to run for help in an emergency!
Hopefully I’ll be feeling better tomorrow!
I didn’t work on Thursday or Friday of last week as a result of the Thanksgiving holiday. My wife and I went to visit my parents and had a wonderful time with them and many other members of our family. We ate lots of tasty food, especially in the pie category. We also went to see the new Harry Potter movie, went shopping on Black Friday, and generally had a great time.
Until Saturday morning.
That is when we both woke up feeling very ill. Nausea, vomiting, and other nastiness afflicted us non-stop. We managed to gain mobility and loaded ourselves into our car and made the drive home in an hour and a half with only one stop. Needless to say, our diet became suddenly restricted to saltine crackers and ginger ale, lovingly provided by Gretchen’s family.
On Sunday the illness began to abate, but it was not gone. By Sunday evening it occurred to me that I had not really eaten anything in almost 48 hours. And so work today was out of the question, despite there being opportunities.
Instead, I spent today taking care of personal business, running errands, returning a huge pile of movies and one book to the library and paying my overdue charges, and finally getting my hands of John Grisham’s currently-penultimate publication, Ford County, which is a collection of short stories. I also got my hands on Dune, with the intention of finally reading Frank Herbert’s epic masterpiece.
I fully expect to be at work tomorrow, though. In the meantime, let me share this video with you, which is an example of one of the many things in this world for which I am grateful: the ability to laugh.