Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Teacher, Heal Thyself!



And if you can't heal thyself, at least take care of yourself.

 I pulled a muscle while I was lifting on one of the machines at the gym the other day. I knew when I pulled up, things were not going to be good. My sister said, "You know you're not as young as you used to be." She is correct.:)

And yet, even though I was in pain all night, I still went to work the next day. Limping. Stupid me. You know why I went to work, even though my hubby asked me not to?  My kids were taking the state test. I did not want a stranger in the room while my kids took the state test. So, there I was, half bent over in pain, with my students telling me I need to go to the doctor. (Smart kids) I promised them that if I did not feel better, I would stay out.

Hubby and I went out to a birthday dinner that night, and when we left I had him drive me straight to the medical center. I was in that much pain. 2 Advils and 2 muscle relaxers later, I was texting the secretary asking her to get me a sub. I didn't go in.

We have to stop. Yeah, I am including myself. Teachers in my school come in sick, bent over, limping. It's what we do. We need to stop.

I went in this week, feeling somewhat better. But I felt I had to come in because I had a Mystery Skype scheduled. Couldn't let down my kids and the kids we were Skyping with, now could I?

I know how much we care about our students. But we also have to take care of ourselves. There will always be a body that they can throw in our rooms. Stay well teachers!




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5 comments:

  1. Between wanting to take care of our students and wanting to avoid the colossal pain that is making sub plans, almost everyone I know has gone in when we should've stayed home to get better.

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    1. I'm with you, I would rather go in than make sub plans. Thank goodness we're forced to make 3 day emergency plans, or I would never take off! :)

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  2. Almost everyone I know (and I include myself in that) will go in when we should be at home taking care of ourselves. I know I'm torn between wanting to take care of my students and wanting to avoid the colossal pain that is making sub plans.

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  3. Thanks for this post. I needed to hear it. I am pregnant with twins, and I stayed too late last night without eating. I paid for it all night! I'm not good at putting myself above the needs of school, but I guess I'm learning this lesson the hard way! I hope you heal well soon!

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    1. If not yourself, put those twins first! I wish you well, stay healthy!

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