I haven’t posted for a few days with my husband having last minute knee surgery, teaching summer school, kids going to camp, coming home from camp, and catching a nasty cold. I have been busy. So, most teachers can relate to getting kid cooties. There is NO avoiding it! I am about to go into my fourth year of teaching. In my very long career, ok maybe it just has felt long, I have been on the end of kid cooties continually. I figured when I went into teaching that since I have four kids of my own and had also subbed for years my immune system was pretty darn strong. I couldn’t have been more wrong! My first year of teaching I figured out that I was seriously sick at least once a month. That was a serious bummer since I only started out with three sick days. Maybe other teachers can tell me if this was normal for them. I don’t know if it was because I was around students with severe and profound intellectual disabilities that had weak immune systems and came to school sick regularly. I wiped noses and mouths (and other places) daily. Being sneezed on was just routine. So, that was my first year. My second year, same class, same germs, and I was probably sick about half as much as the year before! Progress! Last year was great! I think I was only sick once or twice. That school year only ended about six weeks ago. I made the difficult decision to teach Extended School Year (summer school) this summer. After only one week of being with this new group of students I came down with this really nasty cold. Is it possible that my immune system was going on strike for the summer? That is just one of the perks of being a teacher! In the two weeks I’ve been teaching summer school I have have been sneezed and drooled on countless times, had a student throw up in class, stood next to a kid that threw up in the cafeteria (twice), and the list goes on. So, I guess I need to start in on the vitamin C double or triple time right now for the new year! I need to stock up on the lotion so that I can use it after the gallons of hand sanitizer my poor hands endure. Of course, I will be teaching the “Cover Your Cough” lesson the first week of school. I wonder if wearing a hazmat suit to work would be too hot or frowned upon. I wonder how hard it would be to teach from a bubble. I will add this to my list of things to consider for the new year. Until then… happy vitamin C popping, and hand sanitizer glopping!