1. round the clock painful coughing
2. no breathing allowed
3. muy painful back
4. 6 day fever
5. increased tolerance for inane television programs (more on that later)
AND WORST OF ALL:
No school. All week. I'm frightened.
I feel guilty too. It would have been seriously irresponsible for me to go to work with said mystery virus. I mean, it's not like most of my students have health insurance. Plus, I need to take care of myself and get better. I learned that lesson the really hard way a couple years ago. When I was doing Americorps, I got the aforementioned mystery virus (c'mon, you know you are dying to guess!), but I kept working 80 hours a week like a maniac. I ran my body into the ground--and for 140 bucks a week, but whatever--and ended up getting seriously ill. Like, my mom had to quit her job and school and practically live in the hospital with me for over a month. I will never be in that shape again, if there is anything I can do to prevent it. Being 85 pounds and attached to an IV pole-thing is not my kind of party.
Then I started working in this industry where people are totally neurotic about taking sick days. Like you. Yes you right there! I've read your blog. I've read about you teaching through 103 degree fevers, still taking the subway and tromping home through 27 feet of snow or whatever. I've read about you putting off surgeries until summer break. It's ok. You can still sponsor the prom and yearbook and student council and have twins and diabetes and a flu all at the same time.
I read your blogs. You teach at my school.
A good work ethic is important. I got that. It would be pretty hard to be a teacher and not value what you are trying to hammer into the kids everyday. I also understand the benefits of not taking sick days. One day you might want to have babies and stay at home with them for a Parisian amount of time, or one day you might realize, ooh!, I can retire, like three years early because I've never taken a sick day.
But I shouldn't have to feel guilty about taking five days (oh, GOD, has it really been FIVE DAYS?!) if I am really sick. But I do. I feel like I should teach from the damn gurney if I have to, if only so I can tell first year teachers twenty years now that I did. So there.
Um. I ranted. Done now.
I hope my kids are ok. The honors class took their first unit test today without me. My 10th grade class will take their unit test on Monday, and I'm supposed to trust that they did their work while I was out.