Cooties are Real! Really!

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!

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