Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

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  1. AZKinderTchr

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    Any veteran teachers out there who can tell me how to feel more rested and resist these cold germs??? I left my last job with over 6 weeks of sick time because I never used to get colds or the flu -- nothing. Since starting teaching in January 2005 I never seem to be healthy. Coughing, sneezing, etc.....What can I do?
     
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    There are several posts on here that talk about this. The first year teaching I was always sick. I caught everything that came in my room! Now I Lysol the desks every afternoon (and coat hooks, door knobs, etc). I keep GermX on my desk and the kids use it throughout the day as they need it (when they sneeze, etc). Be sure you take your vitamins, get as much rest as you can, drink plenty of OJ, and maybe you can keep down the illness. Good luck!!
     
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    I have an ample supply of Clorox wipes that I use all the time in my room. We wipe our desks down each morning and each afternoon before we leave. I also use lysol on the other surfaces that the kids touch. The other thing is that I wash my hands all the time now, and make the kids take some breaks to do the same throughout the day. It does take some extra time, but we stay healthier. Last year I was sick with every little thing but this year has not been a bad. I have had to use 2 sick days so far.
     
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    Do you think it is different in cold climates where you keep more germs inside? I don't do any of the daily cleaning others mention. I have never Lysoled the doorknobs once. We clean the desks when they need it. I hate all the dust, and in public places I am a germaphobe, but haven't gone nuts in my room. Except for sneezes - they must use hand sanitizer immediately. I hardly ever get sick. It could also be that I have such a small class, though, now that I think of it. Less exposure. Also, I have plenty of breaks from them during the day.

    Do you take vitamins, AZKndrTchr? I don't but I should. Do you get enough rest? When I think I'm getting sick, I sleep every possible moment and it goes away. Hope you start feeling better.
     
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    Well, I am thinking maybe I just have to ride it out and either my immune system will build itself up or I'll just be sick forever. I also love Clorox wipes. I keep tubs of them around and wipe down all the tables and doorknobs every other day. We have tons of hand sanitizer and a sink in our room so if I see the kids sneeze all over I send them to wash with soap and water.

    The vitamin thing is probably a good idea. I don't usually take any although this week I bought something similar to AirBorne at a supplement store and I am taking that hoping to get rid of this whopper of a cold a little quicker.

    *sigh* This is no fun.
     
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    I would agree with this. More time inside, more germ spreading because you and the kids are inside a bunch- the chance for fresh air and breezes don't happen again here until late April.
     
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    AZKinder, are your fellow teachers afflicted too or are you the only one? If others are suffering too, it could be something in the building. If they're not, it could be allergies or something else that isn't a cold.
     
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    keep the windows open....mine is open every day....cold air kills the germs....
    also anit bacterial cream....i use it alllllll the time :)
     
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    Teacher Groupie raises a good question. If other teachers are also becoming ill it could be something in the school. I have always been healthy used very little if any sick time. However I switched schools for one year and was constantly sick - bronchitis, pnuemonia, upper respitory afflictions, etc... I left that school and discovered later that they had a mold issue.
     
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    I think beginning teachers catch everything anyway. I think we just build up an immunity to some of the kid germs that come our way over the years. I live in a warm climate, but I'm still picky about washing the desks, pencil sharpener and door knobs every day. When we take restroom breaks, the kids have to go in to wash their hands even if they don't need a break. I've gone through two big bottle of hand sanitizer from Sam's this year alone.

    My last school had problems with something-mold or some other yucky stuff in the ceiling. Every teacher who was trying to have children had to go to a fertility specialist. I don't think that is just a coincidence. We didn't get pregnant while I worked there, but a month after starting a new school I did.
     
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    That is very scary. I remember when my own children were young, I got everything they got. It was awful trying to care for them when I was also sick. I remember once having pneumonia, lying feverish on the couch, and having my hyper 2 year old jumping on me. Those were the days....... Maybe I did build up a lot of immunities.
     
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    a couple live plants in the room--- a large cup of green tea handy on your desk -----thank students for covering their mouth when you are working with them ---- pencils and pens on the teachers desk are to be used only by the teacher ----extra pencils are on the table for students to use
     
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    I taught my kids right off that if they needed a kleenex they weren't to return to group until they were done with it and had washed with hand sanitizer. I also have them all wash their hands when we take a bathroom break and before lunch whether they used the bano or not. In addition, I wash the tables with a bleach wash each morning and my room is so hot (over the boiler) that my one window is open everyday at least for the morning to help air things out. Alas, I too am always sick. I have always had low tolerance and things hang onto me forever. I've used one sick day, but if it weren't for Christmas programs, conferences, and a few other special days I sure would have used more. I "taught" without a voice for four days. Talk about not fun, but the kids and I did fine, staff had a harder time with it. Funny how none of my kids is actually sick with whatever I have though. Just lots of stuffy noses :)
     
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    There is a plague in every classroom. My first year I was horribly ill the entire time. My second year I was mildly sick the entire time. This is my third year and I have had some mild symptoms but all is well. It will get better as time goes on. It is nearly impossible to shield yourselves from the barrage of bugs but wash up often and teach the kids to sneeze or cough on their arm instead of hands.
     

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