Thursday, September 16, 2010

Germ Factories



I am convinced that if I were a kindergarten teacher, I would never work a day in my life.  That would be because I would be on sick leave every day of my life.  Here I am, teaching older children/young adults, and I still get sick at least once a quarter.  Kids are walking germ factories.

Yesterday started the first round.  It always starts with a sore throat.  Uh oh, here it comes, I think.  And indeed, the next day, I end up as I am now - with congestion, ears itching, teeth hurting, and sore throat.

I do take measures against it.  I wash my hands a few times a day during the school day.  I use purell when I can't get to the bathroom.  Right now, I'm working on getting hydrated (which is a struggle since I hate drinking water).  I generally keep a clean living environment.

Two questions come out of this.  How do you get over these rather annoying bouts of illness?  How do you prevent them to begin with?

4 comments:

  1. hope you are getting better… sore throat is not a lot of fun its just uncomfortable and difficult to swallow.

    usually, i would take the Nim Jiom Cough Syrup (www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm ) which has a thick consistency formulation. it coats the throat and includes herbs that are particularly good for that application.

    i hope it works on you as well.

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  2. I used to teach at an elementary school and I saw every kid in the school twice a week. I actually got sick less than I thought I would, but I ended up catching my fair share of bugs. More experienced teachers told me that you get sick a ton the first few years, but after a long time you don't catch as much any more.

    I think washing your hands and drinking plenty is a great idea. Other things that tend to get my defenses down are lack of sleep, eating too much sugar/junk, and just generally not eating healthy enough. Oh, and stress!

    This winter I want to keep some really good sick food around—not canned chicken soup, but homemade chicken-quinoa soup and fresh-squeezed orange juice and other stuff that I actually feel helps me heal. Because when I get sick, I don't feel like making it. We'll see if I actually get around to getting something like that in the freezer.

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  3. as soon as I feel that "tickle" I start taking echinachea! and I've learned to like water...it DID help that I've got great tap water to begin with and a filter on my frig, lol! I also eat ice all day long. But echinachea and orange juice (the good tasting kind) are my first barrier against being sick!

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  4. Mrs. M - I slept a ton last night, so hopefully that will help. Another teacher told me the same thing, so hopefully this is one of the last years for this pattern. Jane - when I stop by our local Asian market for my weekly produce run, I'll take a look for that, thanks. Anon - I grew up near a quarry, so our water tasted like rocks (yes, I've licked rocks, I know what they taste like). I never really got past that :o) But I drink the water at school, which helps.

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