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November 27, 2007 am30 1:25 am

Me, not the movie. Today was my first sick day of this year. Maybe of the last two years, I am not sure. I think I have over 9 days per year in my sick bank. I just don’t use them.

I get sick like everyone else, but normally I work anyhow. I think I caught something from a niece or a nephew over the weekend, and Sunday I was a bit off, and at 5 this morning I had the beginning of a fever and a bad catch at the back of my throat and some painful nasal congestion… for once I decided to take care of it early and not have it run its course while I taught. In Spring 2003 I tried to teach through a bad cold, and instead of losing one day at the beginning, ended up out for almost a week.

Woman blowing noseThen I figured that being home with no one around, I would read, blog, plan, maybe grade a bit? Nothing. Nada. Nichego. I slept, drank tea, ate soup. I think once I decided to stay home, my body forced me into invalid mode.

But I think it was worth it. Feeling a bit better. Ready to go in tomorrow. Just no energy to fight the cold — I’m missing the UFT candlelight vigil. Oh well, hope the turnout was good.

At least one blogger complained that the vigil is not enough, not nearly enough. And he’s right. But I think he’s not going (choice, not illness). And that is wrong. Because the vigil is a good step in and of itself, a first step, even though much more is needed, and I hope lots of you are en route right now.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2007 pm30 3:38 pm 3:38 pm

    Hope you continue to feel better. You’re right about losing more time later. Happened to me. I worked because there were no subs and everybody else was sick. And two weeks later, I was at the emergency room and had to take a whole week off. And now I always take the day or two to sleep it off. We’re not that good in the classroom when sick!

  2. December 2, 2007 am31 1:45 am 1:45 am

    It’s easier for a younger teacher to pull off. I did it plenty of times. There’s just no reason now… Not when it can end up costing you…

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