I SPENT TWO HOURS teaching today. I taught my reading class, and came back home and crawled into bed. We are still on our parent-teacher conference schedule so the students leave at noon each day. This leaves us with shortened classes. I lost my voice thanks to ANOTHER wicked cold late yesterday afternoon, and so I taught my morning class, came back home and fell asleep.
I did the same thing after school yesterday. Came home and crawled into bed. The Husband who is a sweetheart went out and got Chinese food for everyone. We all love it, but haven’t had it in AGES. I TRY REALLY HARD to cook every night but it doesn’t always work out. I ate Chinese food from my sickbed, hoping that the Kung Pao could kick my congestion away. About two hours later, the heartburn kicked in.
I used to get heartburn all the time, and finally dragged myself to the doctor. I got a prescription for meds that I took faithfully TWICE a day to keep it all at bay. After about 3 months of this, it all went away and I pretty much forgot about heartburn. I was mindful of spicy food, but didn’t worry about it too much.
Last night I remembered how awful heartburn can be. EVERY SINGLE time I get heartburn, I’m pretty convinced I’m having a heart attack. I always have to remind myself of the differences of the symptoms. Heartburn comes in waves and can last for several hours. The pain of heartburn reminds me of labor pains because it starts out gentle, increase in intensity, and then rolls back — UNTIL THE NEXT WAVE HITS. I took meds, eat spoon-fulls of honey and paced the length of our apartment a million times. Have you ever tried to swallow a teaspoon of honey? EVEN IF YOU LIKE HONEY, it is pretty terrible. Honey has worked for me, though. The Husband sat up with me watching me pace, and asking me if he should go ahead and create his Tinder profile. He’s hilarious. He was actually really sweet about it. We watched nearly and entire season of Wu Tang Clan - although I might of missed some parts of the show.
Finally, around 1:30 this morning, I was able to lie down and sleep. That’s the toughest part of heartburn. You cannot sit or lie down because it makes it WORSE. I was uber tired but had to pace or stand. It was so great to finally lay down and sleep.
Last minute sub plans are a pain, and I would rather teach my class than have someone else do it, so I went in for my reading class today. Luckily, today was my lightest conferencing day. I passed off my notes for the students I was meeting with today to my co-teachers, and went back home to sleep. My reading class was pretty good about listening to me, and helping me out this morning. I love the way students will support you when you need it. “Your voice sounds weird. You sick, Mrs. E?” One asked me, and when I explained I had a cold they viewed me wide-eyed, “I couldn’t even tell. You did what you always do.” Thanks for noticing, kid. Lord knows, I try.
I did order a wireless doorbell today. I’ve seen teachers using these in their classrooms and it looks pretty cool. You use the various tones as signals to your class — clean up time, or stop what you are doing and listen. We have all kinds of great call and responses that we do, but they all require me to use my voice. Teacher-voice is a real thing. It isn’t that kids are rude or too noisy, but you are in a room with 25-30 kids, so you have to use your “classroom” voice. It can really strain your vocals. My teacher-buddy, Nanette sent over her voice amplifier to help me. It is a little headset that magnifies your voice, almost like a 90s boyband microphone headset. She uses it in her class because it makes it easier for her to talk to her class without ending up hoarse at the end of the day.
I am going back to school tonight because we have an important meeting. It is the reason, I came home and tried to save my voice. A group of perspective parents are coming to our school, and my principal asked me to show them our beautiful Technology Design Lab. I really hope that they can see, what I know to be true: Our school is amazing.
I’ve spent the bulk of the day sleeping and sipping hot water with honey and lemon. If you are hungry, by the way, we have a ton of leftover Chinese food in our fridge. I’m not gonna eat it.
Hoping you are healthy, and that if you aren’t you have good sidekick who will support you when things are tough.