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Tuesday, August 6, 2013 At School Today...

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Hi All,

Today, I got to spend half of my day in the restroom. I wasn't ill and I wasn't there to take care of anything personal. I got to spend my morning teaching groups of 55-90 how to behave correctly in the restroom. This is the fourth year for us to be in our building and it is the fourth time I have had to do this. It isn't like I don't have anything better to do and it isn't like I actually like doing this, but the group of people who work closely with the principal assigns me to this task. The first year, they spread it our to an entire day and the groups were half the size, but they decided to speed things up a bit, so I get to repeat the same "schpiel" in ten minute sessions. It's a pretty thankless job and takes a lot to get the older kids to participate. Today, I took the approach that their teacher gives them trust when they are allowed in the restroom and that it is desirable to maintain that trust by being quick and polite in the restroom. Trust, after all, can earn them more privileges and opportunities to be trusted that they would enjoy and appreciate. It was the best spin I could put on things that held the attention of the 5/6 grade students.

I spent another part of my day collating test scores and creating two lists--potential students and students who need to be tested. I supervised 180 first and second graders having a recess (along with about 8 other people) and then I started that testing with two of my students. Tomorrow, I will continue this before our staff meeting. I hope that I could finish testing first and second grade students in that time period. On Thursday, I hope to test third graders and then, I can start the big job of creating a schedule. This is always the most difficult of my duties each school year.

I had two appointments after school tonight. The first was very late, so I ended up missing the second (physical therapy.) I got out too late for them to even try and see me. There was nothing I could do about that. My surgeon wasn't greatly concerned about the way my incision area is oozing, he expected it. He wants me to continue to use the medication he prescribed on it and if there are no other issues, he said he will see me in 6 weeks.

I was pretty exhausted again tonight and I had a lot of trouble staying focused on anything. I finally took a brief nap and when I woke up, I had realized I missed taking pain meds on time and that the others had all went to bed. Now I'm tired and awake and am waiting for the pain to settle in my shoulder and back. It's a tough cycle that I have been living in for weeks now, it would seem that I should get it right.

That's it for now--have a wonderful Wednesday!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/8/2013 1:41PM

    I'm amazed at some of the things teachers are expected to do. I would have thought most parents would teach their children bathroom etiquette before that started school. I did mine. I really feel for you. This is too much.

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_LINDA 8/8/2013 12:26AM

    Wow! Teaching kids bathroom manners? Who knew? Never heard of anything like that here unless it happens in the hoity poity private schools.. Seems to me like this should not be a teacher's job, but an aide or something, really.
Sorry you missed your physiotherapy :( I am not liking it that its two weeks until I get in to see my physiotherapist. Not acceptable. I am going to ask the Dr. tomorrow for a referral to my favorite person in the hospital. I couldn't see my family Dr until after my trip, so I am forced to see another one in her office.
The pain medicine she suggested (OTC Tylenol for Arthritis, a double dose) really isn't doing a lot, as is using gabapentin three times a day plus the night dose. I am thinking its time I was referred to a pain clinic as I don't think my general meds are keeping the disease at bay anymore..
Hope you can get your pain under better control with the help of your specialist..
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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NSMANN 8/7/2013 12:11PM

    Sounds like your recovery is going well! Take care of yourself.

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