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?


  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 ( ) 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.

  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.

  3. as soon as I feel that "tickle" I start taking echinachea! and I've learned to like 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!

  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.