Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Germ Factories (aka kids)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - kids are germ factories. There's proof, too, if you've seen the commercial where the kid comes home from school and he's full of germs, touches the phone and spreads his cooties straight to the phone so he can kindly share them with his family.

I have been subbing at Addison's school since September and am caught in a vicious cycle. I will sub for a day, and within a day or two, I am sick. It varies what kind of sick I am.

On Monday I was an aide in kindergarten. At 3 a.m. I woke up with vicious stomach cramps which became diarrhea within a half hour. I lay awake after that, whimpering and intermittenly crying because the pain was so bad. At 5 a.m. I blew chunks. I also had some more of the runs during this time. Oh yeah, and I was freezing and had to convince myself to get out of bed to get another blanket.

I had already said I would sub on Tuesday and couldn't back out, because there was something going on where all the teachers were going to and they were already five subs short. Long story short, I dragged my butt in there and within 15 minutes was back home. Hey, at least I showed up, but knew there was no way I could teach fifth graders all day when I was convinced I was on death's doorstep.

This happens all the time. I sub for one day, then am sick for several. One time I was sick for two weeks. I swear, if it's in the air, I get it. I have been exercising and eating right, so maybe I just have a really crappy immune system. Guess it's time to invest in some Airborne.

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