Sunday, August 25, 2013

Last Day of Summer - At Least On My Calendar

This is it.  A glorious late summer morning.  Clear blue skies, crisp air with a hint of fall and lots of sunshine.  A perfect day to spend outdoors.

Wish I felt better.  For almost a week I've been laid low with fever, aches and pains, coughing, headache, and extreme fatigue.  I went to the dr on Monday because I felt the way I had back in 2007 when I had pneumonia --- crackling chest included.  He told me that it was "probably" a virus, that he didn't want to prescribe antibiotics, and that if I didn't feel better by Thursday to call him again.   Thursday I woke up feeling much better, at least for most of the day, and Friday I actually had enough energy to go run an errand.   I was still coughing with gunky chest but no fever or other symptoms.   You guessed it.  Sat morning rolls around and I feel exhausted again and I'm nonstop coughing.  The prescription cough medicine wasn't working well either.  I called his office, but as I had known ahead of time, there was no one on call.  Since I didn't have a fever, I wasn't sick enough to head to the ER.   I felt better by nightfall and I slept reasonably well last night.  I'm still coughing (and bringing up yucky stuff) but I've got some energy back.  And since it's Sunday, I know it's not going to help to call the office again.  If it wasn't for the fact that tomorrow is my first day back to school (no kids, just PD stuff) I wouldn't be too concerned.

So I spent the last week of my summer break mostly sleeping, or slouched on the chaise with a book I was too tired to read.  And of course wondering how on earth I will be able to get the rest of my classroom ready.  Out of our 3 days of in service we get about 2 hours of prep time.  My very patient and understanding husband has mostly fended for himself as far as meals.  I didn't eat a "meal" until Thursday night when he brought Chinese home.  I had some occasional nibbles of toast, some fruit, some soup, and one day I actually ate a bowl of Cheerios.  I mostly drank water, ice tea, or San Pelligrino grapefruit soda!

Today I have to get my school clothes ironed, find my lunch box and thermos which have been packed away all summer, do several loads of wash, and finish the business bookkeeping.  All of which I would have normally been working on during this past week.    I am also planning to cook a meal!!

So, today is the last day of summer.  Tomorrow a new year of teaching begins.

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