Thursday, September 6, 2007

Crazy Opening Day!

Well, we had an Opening Day at LR that we don't really want to repeat in the near future! I arrived at 7:00 AM and at 7:05 one of my colleagues called me to say she was very sick and had to call a sub. She woke up in the middle of the night absolutely freezing. She added some blankets and went back to bed only to have to get up to deal with vomiting. This continued  into the morning. So, we have a sub coming in on the first day of school - not an ideal situation, but unavoidable sometimes. Around 8:15AM the principal stopped in our office area and asked how we all were feeling and wanted to see how we looked. She said that 6 other teachers had called in sick with the same symptoms and she was sending 4 more teachers home who were sick here at school! So 10 subs in our 36 classrooms, on the first day of school!

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. 

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