Hang on the excitement continues. Mid-morning, my friend and colleague, Patti P., a second grade teacher, took a sip from her water bottle and aspirated some of the water into her lungs. She coughed a couple of times and then couldn't breathe! With her new students looking on, she got herself to her door where she flagged down a cafeteria worker who called the office. Three administrators and the nurse attended to her and decided she needed to go to the hospital because of her family medical history. So, on the first day of school the ambulance is called and a teacher is taken away! I spoke to Patti this afternoon and she is fine. The doctors cannot definitively explain what happened, but Patti will be back in her classroom tomorrow.
The rest of the staff has spent the day washing our hands and carefully drinking our water and wishing our colleagues a speedy return to school.