Friday, May 20, 2011
It is a Friday. I should be in my classroom teaching English, but instead I am sitting at home resting. The story really begins last Friday...I woke up with a sore throat, stuffy nose and nagging cough. I still went into work and chalked up my latest symptoms to "pregnancy induced allergies." I am in the third trimester with my second child and was plagued by allergies in the fall, so I assumed they were back to make the last 6 weeks of pregnancy even more tiresome. I battled through Friday, took it easy over the weekend and was back to work on Monday. I even broke down and started taking Clariton. Well, nothing helped and I continued to get worse. Finally, on Wednesday I decided it was time to go to the doctor's. She examined me and determined I have a virus, which will only get better with lots of rest, and she wrote me out of work for the rest of the week. This has NEVER happened to me. I felt a great deal of stress lift from me as she told me I had to send my son to day care and allow my body the extra rest that it needs and deserves at this point. So, here I am taking care of myself and relaxing in front of the tv with my computer. Sometimes we need reminders to take extra care of ourselves, and ask others for help.