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Breast cancer, back to work

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I am (if HR gets the paperwork right), going back to school next week after being out for chemo all semester. My students knew I was sick last semester, so it wasn't a surprise to them. I am planning on working the two days before spring break, sort out some serious grade issues with them, and then send them off with make-up work so we might have a graduating class. I am, however, nervous. I've never been gone from class more than 3 days, and I hear that there was absolute chaos when I first left (they made my sub cry, and I had to call my assistant principal to tell them that if they stayed on strike, I would fail them all). Any thoughts about going back? I need some wisdom from someone who has been there before.
On a dietary note, today has not worked out so well. My husband called to say that he had locked himself out of the car, with the ignition on, at the ice rink. Had to run out there, (30 minutes), unlock car, rush daughter home to get her to school. Hubby returned with an apology Starbucks, which doesn't say nonfat on it, but impossible to turn down. Am feeling sore and achy today, which I think is the extended workout yesterday, as I haven't had that as a side effect.
Anyway, enough whining. I'm going to go play with my puppy while I am still off.
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    The feeling sore and achy part: When I felt that way, I needed more sleep. A nap was very helpful. If I didn't do that, I usually got very close to getting a cold.

    Of course it could be your workout. I wasn't in any shape to work out. So I can't advise about that.

    Even just lying down for 15 minutes made all the difference.
    1844 days ago
    I was out November - December. Surgery in October, Nov. 5 started radiation in conjunction with chemo 5 days in a row, repeat 5 weeks later, with the neulasta shot on Monday after 5 days. So when I returned in january, I was recovering from the radiation and would have the 3rd week of chemo to celebrate MLK birthday.

    My kids (middle school remedial reading) who had been horrible for the sub were great for me. But I was not able to work all day. I went in in the morning. Another teacher who I met at radiation took my class after lunch.

    In March, I was able to start full time except for the week following chemotherapy. I could hardly drag myself in for the morning. The kids did try to take advantage of my sub. But I couldn't do anything about it. They were wonderful with me. I tried to switch out once in a while so that I was there with the afternoon bunch. (I had 2 groups, 1 in a.m. for 3 periods, and one in p.m. for 3 periods. So When we switched, there were no problems. with either group.

    I think both groups needed to know I was okay, needed the attention, needed to know everything was going to be okay in their world.

    Good luck. Conserve your energy. Decide what is important and ONLY do that at work, AND at home.
    1844 days ago
  • NEWMEN2013
    As one who is in the process of renewing my sub license, this scares me a little bit! LOL Can't imagine a class going on strike, although it really says a lot about the way they feel about you. You must be an incredible teacher to receive such loyalty. Kudos for that; there are a lot of good teachers out there, but AMAZING teachers are hard to find!
    So glad you are doing well enough to return to work, and hope everything works out as planned especially in light of your husband's situation (I read your most recent blog before this one). Try and keep faith that all will work out. "All things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28 NIV). Meanwhile, enjoy the puppy and look forward to those tomatoes! Spring (and summer) will be here before we know it!
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    I agree with ALEXSGIRL1. An honest discussion of how it is should go far in getting things back to normal. I have been on the sub end of this. Your sub should be willing to help with the transition for your return. I would contact him/her and start saying what you need. I would take the first day back for discussion and questions/comments. Then pick it up and follow through. I have found most students really miss their teacher in their absence. Reestablish that relationship. Maybe some notes or reminders for the sub to relay to pave the way. Good luck. I hope all goes well.
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    My mama was a sub after she retired and had two months with the class. She let them know monkey business would not be tolerated. She let them know she knew they were all capable of doing the work and she had faith that they would do well. She also mentioned she didn't think they would want to disappoint their regular teacher. Perhaps you can use some of those only turn it around for yourself. Could your soreness be from where you had lymph nodes removed? I know even though it has been over 2 years for me, I'll still feel it once in awhile.
    1846 days ago
    Lay down the classroom law to those disrespectful students when you get back. Take care of your health, and always save time for doggie fun. emoticon -- Lou
    1846 days ago
    I'm retired teacher and was never out for that long at a time either. But just put your teacher face on and use your teacher voice and tell them all that it is back to the grindstone. emoticon
    1846 days ago
    I haven't been there before but be your honest self tell it like it is . Remind them again as to what you expect grade wise. Tell them you may not feel your best everyday but you believe in them 100percent . I dont think they will let you down. tell them if you dont feel well or are stressed . Good luck .do more of the things you enjoy in life like playing with the puppy . take it slow and easy and before you know it things will be more back to normal your new normal.
    1846 days ago
    Have a nice day enjoy your puppy.
    1846 days ago
    Congrats on getting back to normal!
    Enjoy the occasional treat as im learning to do!
    Blessings for a great day!
    1846 days ago
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