Being sick

If you read my weekly summary post yesterday afternoon, I hope that you clicked on this video from GlobalTV.

In the rush to reopen society, schools were seen to be almost a no-brainer because the common wisdom of the time was that kids couldn’t get the disease. There were real concerns though that they could spread it though and some restrictions were put into place.

We’ve seen so many attempts.

In talking with many educators, they are going along with the guidance of their school district event though there is intense disagreement at times.

Personal Protective Equipment has been provided in a “one size fits all” approach even though there are some who clearly need modified gear to fit. That’s not allowed and you see reports of people having to modify the district provided gear and issues when they try to bring in personal purchases.

Thinking back to the Faculty where I attended, we were given advice that even if we felt that we would be the healthiest person on the planet, being this close to kids could cause problems with all the coughing, sneezing, nose dripping, etc. that we would see in our classrooms. I remember going along with it because it was just easier than fighting it. The group that I hung around with just knew that we were invincible and that this advice was addressed to someone else.

As it turned out for me, I was completely wrong. Every year it seems, I would end up with a cold or the flu. It was a guaranteed event every fall. I blame it on sleepless night marking and lesson prep, late baseball seasons with my own kids, early hockey season with my son, coaching football in the rain, sleet, snow, and the computer programming team, and so on. Oh, and taking Additional Qualification courses put its demand on me tool These might have been unique to me except for the fact that others I worked with without kids had the same illnesses. We all kind of wrote it off as one of the hazards of the profession.

The topper for me was catching pneumonia and being bed ridden for a couple of weeks early in my career. I gained a new appreciation for supply teachers who, in theory, were charged with teaching what I provided. After a couple of weeks and my return, I found out that the keeners were able to do what I sent in and the others had a nice study hall..

After that experience, I really paid attention to the physical health of myself and observed what was happening with the kids in my charge. I wish now that I had physically documented it because I knew there were patterns in sicknesses. I’ve yet to find an educator who doesn’t know the same thing. One thing did change – I started bringing in my own tissues and cough lozenges and encouraged kids to use them all the time. I also became more careful about cleaning and disinfecting the shared keyboards of our computers. At the time, it wasn’t seen as a caretaker’s job.

These days, I’m just sickened by the reports of those who don’t want to get vaccinated and who really want to return to a world that we knew 2-3 years ago. Yes, the numbers have dropped since the highs of a few months ago but they are back on the rise. In the GlobalTV report, it’s disconcerting to see where the new numbers are coming from. We know that winter is approaching with colder temperaturs and we’ll be spending more and more time indoors.

We live in a world where you can get whatever message you want just by switching news channels. I find that so awful at times. I’ll be honest; I appreciate the openness and the sense of what’s going on from our Dr. Tam even though she doesn’t deliver the message that I want to hear at times. I want to hear that it’s over and that life can return to normal. I think everyone does. We know it isn’t. Sadly, we’re seeing the numbers starting to rise again.

In the meantime, we are all trying our best to be safe. It’s got to be an enormous challenge in the classroom and it’s easy to let up at times. Doing the right thing can be physically and emotionally draining. I hope that all educators can find the time and energy to do this and take of themselves.

Stay healthy and don’t be sick, my friends.

6 thoughts on “Being sick

  1. It’s funny you mention that, Aviva. I was thinking of working “cough” into this post and didn’t know how but since you’ve opened the door.

    I’m very sensitive to coughing, sneezing, or just clearing their throat in my proximity these days. I hate it; I hate looking at someone and judging them for doing that.

    Those that know me know that I’ve always had a “nervous cough” and I seemingly couldn’t control it. But, based on my thoughts when I hear someone else coughing, I’ve become overly aware of my own habit and I’m working hard to avoiding it. I think I’m being successful and I hope that I can eventually get rid of it completely.

    I don’t want to cough in a public place and have people wondering why I didn’t stay at home.

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  2. I don’t miss pink eye or laryngitis! I typically alternate between those two Illnesses every other year. I love that our iPads get cleaned before every use and will definitely continue that habit. I’m also so happy to have hand sanitizer everywhere in the school. I taught for 10 years before having my children and the two of them can fight off anything. They might miss a day for illness while other kids with the same cold miss a week. Of course now we keep them home the extra day so they are symptom free.

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    1. I wonder, Lisa, if all feel that way. I know that for some, it requires someone to take a day off from work to take care of poor sickies and that can come with financial challenges. Pink eye has always been scary to me.


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