….I cannot quite contain my happiness and relief this morning!….
It seems this Academic year has flown by-and interestingly enough, when talking to colleagues yesterday, many of them agreed!
I also seem to have performed better than ever this year as far as my long term illness and frequent absence goes. There may be several reasons contributing to my now good attendance record, but none as important as the fact that this year, more than ever, I have loved my job. I’ve had a new Head of Department-the most amazing lady who has been a rock of support for me in every second of my days. I have also had a GTP (Trainee Teacher) working alongside me and teaching several of my classes from early on in the year, which has meant that my time table has been less than it would or should have been. She has not just been a superb young teacher in the making (she was passed with an ‘Outstanding’) but she has been the most immensely wonderful company and a true friend.
So to Sue, and Lyndsay, if either of you read this, may you both blush and burst with pride!
But of course, I have had my moments this year, too. I’ve been suffering from an increased amount of air trapping-weirdly and particularly on Wednesdays!. I managed to sprain my ankle way back in October, and hobbled around on crutches for 2 weeks. But the most marked improvement in my treatment has come this term since early June, when I was put on overnight and now all day oxygen. There is much truth in saying that at the time in the school year when I was most likely to be flagging at my worst, I was beginning to feel more rested after better nights’ sleep, and more energy and less SOB during the day. what an ingenious turn of events that turned out to be. (And I continue to be much more stable with my new oxygen regime)
Now for some stats!
I work 3 days a week: If I have 2 trips to the restroom and ride around on break duty etc, I probably scootie a km a day.
Therefore I have scootied approximately 123 kms around school this academic year!
In the 3 terms I have had a total of 3 days off sick. I have been given leave 3 times to attend hospital appointments. I have missed 3 days due to sources out of my control (that volcano!) and this term I have also missed two early morning meetings, and two 1st periods due to my asthma.
Not a bad record for someone who has a rather difficult to control asthma condition.
(But I don’t think I can attempt to count up how many migraines I’ve had-that is too depressing!)
People have noticed how happy I seem. Well, how could I not be-I have the most marvellous colleagues as mentioned above, and I love my job. I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved though, living with chronic illness isn’t easy and I’ve managed to clock up a better track record for illness than quite a number of my general colleagues!
….It’s been a great year, but Oh Boy! I am so glad I now have 5.5 weeks to recover!….