Being sick

29 Jun

I’ve been trying to take good care of myself.

Washing my hands, drinking lots of water, eating my veggies. However, it seems inevitable that I will occasionally get sick. This time, it started with a sore throat. Friday, I was buying running shoes at REI (a very involved process) and I started to feel a pain in the back of my throat. I drank water, took Emergen-C, and told myself it was allergies, it would go away.

Saturday night I could feel my body aching. I went to bed early. Sunday I couldn’t breathe through my nose, I was coughing, and had a fever. Monday I felt a little better. Tuesday I took some cold medicine and went to school.

I hate missing school.

My head was foggy, my brain felt thick and clouded. It hurt to breathe. I’m so thankful to my friends and to my professor, who told me to go home and take care of myself.

Sometimes, I need to be reminded to take care of myself – I only have this one body, and I’m not doing anyone any favors by pushing myself too far.

I went home, and slept.

I’m finally feeling better, but it got me thinking – what about our students? They are often sent to school when they don’t feel well. Maybe they have a cold but no fever. Maybe they have a fever, but their parents can’t afford to take of work to stay home with them. What can we do when our students are sick? It’s nearly impossible to learn while you’re not feeling well, while you’re focused on your body and not on anything else.

What do you think?

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