Archive for October, 2009

Hell for hypochondriacs

27 October 2009

H1N1About five times a day, I am convinced I am finally coming down with the “swine flu.”  That’s it, on the right.  The symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.  I cough several times a day.  I have post-nasal drip, which sometimes results in a sore throat.  I get chilled easily.  I am often fatigued.  I get headaches.  Different parts of my body ache at various times.  Happily, I rarely feel fevered.

There were five students absent from class first period today.  There were six absent from third period.  Third period already had one confirmed (i.e. actually tested) case, and one student has now been out for seven days.

For the first time ever, I am keeping a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer on my classroom desk.  Teacher desks are some of the most microbially-rich workplace surfaces anywhere. I make sure the tissue box in the classroom is NOT on the teacher desk.

Yesterday I sent a kid to the nurse’s office at the beginning of sixth period.  He never returned, and was absent today.

We had Physics Olympics last weekend, and we were supposed to have a coaches’ meeting tonight.  But we had to postpone it because too many of the coaches were sick.

I’m STILL not sick yet.  But if I catch myself convinced for the 6th or 7th time in a day that I am finally coming down with it, I think I probably forgot to take my anxiety meds that morning.  This pandemic is hell on hypochondriacs like me.  The anticipation is killing me!

Safe from zombies

12 October 2009

The University of Florida briefly had an emergency preparedness plan for “zombie attack” on their website.  It’s gone, now, but the document is still available.  You can click through to it from this article.

I’ve never been much of a zombie fan, myself, nor vampires or werewolves.  I am a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and other Joss Whedon creations.  But I don’t care for the Harry Potter books.

What I do like, is dragons.Chinese-Dragon-Green-25-large

I have a lot of them.  I have plush dragons, iron dragons, gold filigree dragon earrings, old drawings I did in high school of dragons, dragon socks.  So I really don’t need anymore.

I’m not interested in unicorns, winged horses, gryphons, centaurs (despite the centaur being my high school’s mascot), or other mythical creatures.  Just dragons.

I’m a little surprised by how much I still like them.

What odd thing do you like?

Catch and Release

11 October 2009

Catch and release: it’s really easy when you are talking about a turtle.  1. Approach turtle.  2. Pick up turtle.  3. Set down turtle.

I was walking home from the train after church and I saw it crossing the road…and there were two cars about a block away and heading toward it!  So I picked it up, put it on the sidewalk (on the side it was heading towards) and put it down.


About halfway home from the turtle, I had the thought that I should have brought it home with me, then made posters proclaiming “FOUND: TURTLE” with a photo and posted them in the neighborhood.  But I didn’t.  I wonder if it was looking for some mud to bury itself in for the winter?