Saturday, May 16, 2009

Enough about me. Let's talk about flu!

Random thoughts from a schoolteacher who spends the day with lots of wonderful, lovable, but germ-filled little kids.



My class picked a fine time to run out of tissue.
I'm devious enough to hide a box of Puffs with lotion in the cupboard behind my desk.


The industrial sized bottle of hand sanitizer is almost empty.

Good thing I have my own mini in my desk drawer.


It's allergy season (for many, including me).
Maybe the class parents will send in a few boxes of tissue after their own kids use their sleeves once too often.



And the kids wonder why I don't let them use my pens and pencils - I have a separate can for their supply of spares.
Germ phobic? Maybe. I don't want to touch a kid's pencil or pen without reaching for hand sanitizer immediately. Monk-like? Adrian, not Thelonius.


I clean the computer keyboards and mouses (mice?) frequently.
I have a pod of four computers; my class of 24 shares them. I can only imagine how many colds have spread this way.


I must stop eating lunch at my desk. That's really an unsanitary practice. Not to mention the way the crumbs in the computer keyboard make it hard to type!

I really, really must stop applying swine flu hysteria to my teaching. I have enough to worry about! Remind me again -- how many Mondays until June?

And more: Mother Nature Network has a great feature on swine flu information vs. media hysteria. My favorite part is this headline:

SWINE FLU-INFECTED SHARKS ATTACK PIRATES
School Children, Cute Animals, Lindsay Lohan Said to Be at Risk

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3 Comments:

Anonymous daniel (home kitchen garden) said...

Each time I read one of your posts I feel even more as though we'd get along well. This one had me laughing.

My mom was a near-germophobe, and managed to instill the problem in me. Were I teaching school, I'd wear a hip-mounted sani-wipe dispenser and I'd master the quick-draw!

5/16/2009 8:56 PM  
Blogger fullfreezer said...

Hello, I just wandered in from somewhere. Don't worry, only a few more weeks of school left. You'll make it.
Judy

5/16/2009 10:47 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Huh....stopping in from blogher and your post made me think....I think I'll send in a box of tissues with my son tomorrow for his class :)

5/19/2009 1:39 PM  

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