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Tuesday, 11/19 Feeling lousy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hello friends,

I started losing my voice yesterday and on my way home from work, I had a headache that was so nasty that I put the seat down in a reclining type position and couldn't open my eyes. Since then, I have been fighting to maintain my mood and attitude. I think it is a sinus/ cold thing but with my back issues, I don't have the energy to cope with it. I hope that it doesn't take the traditional week to get rid of it because that may wear me out altogether.

I called the folks at Mayo last Friday to share my sad update that the injections didn't make a difference and to discuss what we need to do next. The spine doc's nurse told me that she would relay the message to her and they would get back to me on Monday or Tuesday. Well, that hasn't happened yet, so I'm expecting to talk with her tomorrow.

The work load I'm dealing with is adding a lot to my mood and my attitude. I am feeling overwhelmed with the big number of students in our building, the big number I am seeing, the big number on my "waiting lists" that I cannot fit into my day and the big number in each classroom that is growing daily who teachers cannot physically get to as much as they would like if they could only do it. We have classrooms with 30 children in them and that number might grow all the way to 35 for math when the kids get put into math groups that match their own academic needs. That is too many children in primary grades for one classroom. Even third graders are young children and they don't need to be jammed into classrooms so crowded. I wish that the state of Illinois and our communities around here could fix these problems. I want these future leaders to get a better start to their educational careers.

I'm wishing that everyone, myself included, has a wonderful Wednesday. My day will start with a meeting and end with two more meetings before I head to physical therapy. It will be another long, long day.

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia
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  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    My son has the same thing and has lost his voice too. I hate to hear that the injections didn't work and hope they have something better to try next.

    I agree about education in Illinois. To be honest, as a former head nurse and supervisor I think the problem comes from many sources, starting from the top down, from politics to education. I don't see how heaping more poorly performing students on a single teacher can possible work. The classes here get bigger and they want to move all of the special educations students into regular classrooms. It's always about money and I don't always approve of the way it is spent. The teachers here are demoralized.

    I hope you feel better soon.
    1705 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So very sorry Sylvia :( You sure don't need that on top of everything else :( I am rather disappointed the mayo clinic would cover old ground. You have had injections before and they didn't do very much did they? Hopefully, they will offer a better solution.
    Its outrageous they are packing the classrooms like that. But it seems that teachers everywhere aren't given much consideration. My sister was telling us about the level of violence that even 1st and 2nd graders are getting into, and its tough for teachers to handle as they have no weapons to combat it except send the offenders to the principal's office. She has been caretaking for quite a few years now and sees everything. The boy's washroom is so bad, she is thinking of closing it down they are trashing it in there so bad, not to mention the bad behavior.
    I was lucky growing up. I had very small classes, both in elementary school and high school. Unfortunately it was because the neighborhood was dying out and then were fewer young families. In fact, after the year I graduated, my once proud high school was downgraded to a facility to handle English as a second Language students and people trying to finish their Grade 12, especially young mothers. No more Pep club, no more sports teams, just a glorified learning center. When they had a 100th reunion a couple of years ago, they lumped my year with the later years and it was just me at the table with a bunch of foreign students at the other end.
    Know my thoughts are with you, wishing you some sort of solution for all your stressors..
    They featured my story on Spark radio yesterday, in a segment called Take That, Arthritis. Lily was so impressed with my story she wanted to gift me with her best selling book -Body Love, something I could really use as its tough to love a body that keeps betraying you time after time as I am sure you feel the same way,
    {{{Gentle Hugs]}}
    Linda
    1705 days ago
  • FERRETLOVER1
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    1705 days ago
  • MALKS_ARIA
    Hang in there! You are not alone!
    I totally agree with you # make a huge difference even for 7th &8th graders whether they realize it or not. (We have laws in play here in NM and they still request exemptions from the law, so I have no solution. ..)
    I am sorry you are feeling do bad, I hope for type sake it goes quickly! BREATHE it is most important thing you can do. .. It isn't optional. .. even though I try to m make it optional when my passion gets too high. huggerz and may you find relief from the stress!
    aria
    1705 days ago
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