As much of the US is under attack of some cold/flu type virus, I’ve gone through winter feeling pretty good. I hoped that my teacher immune system was keeping me healthy while the rest of the country was stricken because they didn’t get sneezed on by seven-year-olds about ten times a day like I do.
Wishful thinking on my part as this weekend I came down with something…off and on sore throat, pounding headache, congested head, and worst of all I have no energy. I don’t “do nothing” very well, and that is all I seem to have the energy for.
When all of my non-teacher friends get sick, they call in sick and stay home from work. Oh, how I envy how easy that sounds. Since I can’t call my students and tell them school is canceled because I’m sick, it’s time to decide if a sick day is worth it or not. That’s because if a teacher doesn’t go in, he or she has to call for a substitute. There are some great substitutes out there, but there are also some awful ones. Regardless, when I am out, my sub plans look a lot different than my own plans. If I wake up in the morning sick, I can’t just call in for a sub and go back to bed. Instead, I have to schlep over to school, write sub plans (changing the ones that were already written), make copies, and prepare anything else needed. In addition this all has to be done before the sub shows up about 7:30 in the morning. So really, it’s just easier to suck it up, go in, get through the day, and go home right after the kids leave. Sometimes I might even mention to the kids that I’m sick and they need to do their best job so I don’t get sicker. Sometimes it works, sometimes it backfires. It would surely backfire with this year’s class, so I kept my illness to myself today.
I can’t remember the last time I was out of the classroom due to being sick. Being sick is such an inconvenience.
I worried that Rigby would not handle “doing nothing” very well. However, she must know her mama is not up to par and has taken it easy on me.
She seems to be ok with the laziness of our day...for now anyways.