A couple of days ago, I commented to my new principal that I was just so delighted with the way the students at this school have been taught to shake hands and introduce themselves. I'm not so delighted any more. Lots of germs on all of those little hands that I shook. In my pre-leukemia days, I would have been back at school despite being sick. Nowadays, I try to baby myself a little bit more. It's terribly difficult being out the first full week of school. I don't know the routine, the kids don't know the routine. . .and I have one totally out-of-control student. I'll be out Tuesday afternoon for district training, and Wednesday for traffic court (I DID stop at the stop sign!!! I will have my day in court, because the officer is mistaken!).
This will be a very rough week in my classroom. The job stress has been incredible this year. 6th grade moved from middle school down to elementary. Instead of teaching just math, I'm teaching everything. None of the supplies got ordered for 6th grade (despite my offering to do the ordering for admin last spring!! I KNEW this would happen).My teammate is a nice lady, but overwhelmed, so I feel like I am carrying her on my back. It's going to be a very long year.
I didn't know what I was signing on for 26 years ago when I went into teaching. It used to be fun. It's not any more.
Thanks for the tip on tea and lemon. I've been doing hot chocolate because the warmth feels so good. Maybe I'll switch it up. I'm a little concerned about the number of decongestants and aleve I've been taking, but it's the only way I've been able to get beyond laying on the bathroom floor and moaning. This one has really wiped me out. And my nose is rubbed raw. Ow.