Some seriously gnarly respiratory shit has been going around lately. The fifth grade went to outdoor ed the second week in January. It rained most of the time they were there so they were stuck inside all together. When they got back, half of them had a serious cough; three of the teachers were out that week. They’ve been kind enough to share it with the rest of us since their return. My son sounded like he had walking pneumonia for over a week. Now my daughter has it. The two of them are constantly sharing their germs with me so I knew it was only a matter of time.
Last weekend I was sure I’d finally gotten it. My throat burned. My lymph nodes were tender. My ears hurt when I swallowed. All week I waited for it to descend but it never did. My throat just kept hurting and my ear were stuffy and soar, but I never came down with the gnarly cough everyone else has.
I felt horrible too. I went to bed early every day last week, while the laundry piled up and the piles of papers collected dust, ungraded. Finally, Saturday morning, I felt a little better. I’m not quite sure what happened. Was my body fighting off something and got the better of it? Is this just some other virus with more subtle symptoms? I’m not sure. All I know is I lost about a week and now I’m scrambling to get caught up.
I’m actually planning on taking Tuesday off to… wait for it… get caught up at work. Yep. I will be taking a day off of work to grade papers and plan. I think that sums up being a teacher, you need to take time off of work to get caught up at work.
The house is a disaster too. I just have so, so much to do. But I know it will all get done. And if it all feels like too much, then it’s my responsibility to simplify things so it feels more manageable. I just need a little time to simplify. Ah the Catch-22. 😉