Saturday, June 30, 2012

Getting sick in June... what is this?

Whew...  What a week that was... It seems like my immune system is timed precisely so that I do not get sick all that much during the school-year.  In fact, I've never missed more than a day of teaching consecutively because of illness... and in 3 full years of teaching, the number of full days I've missed because of illness can be counted on two hands with room to spare.  Unfortunately, this precision comes with the drawback of inevitability: I know that I cannot hold off illness forever, and often I get sick on the very first day when I have nothing to do--typically, that is the first day of vacation.

The same was true this year--though I'd been back in Washington for almost a week before the cold I'd been fighting finally caught up with me, I'd managed to stay quite busy with class up until that point.  So, last Saturday, though I rejoiced at my first day off in a while, I knew as soon as I woke up with a sore throat that I wouldn't be able to fully enjoy the rest.

One week later, and I am on the tail-end of the cold.  I'm still not feeling 100%, but I am pretty sure I'm almost out of the woods (I had to knock on wood after I typed that).  It was a miserable week, though--due to the intense and fast-paced nature of my summer Japanese class, I decided that I could not afford to miss a single day of class, and so wound up working through the worst of my cold.  Not a good start to the summer, and it definitely played a part in my deciding to not register for Japanese 203, which runs through the month of July.  On top of all that, the weather this week was unseasonably cold, blustery and rainy.  While this eased my conscience for staying indoors more than I would have otherwise, it definitely added to the distinctly un-Summerlike feeling of the past week.

Now, with my cold finally easing up, July (and hopefully clear, sunny weather) about to begin, and only 3 days of class left, I can look forward to the vacation that I've needed.  Maybe the contrast will help me to enjoy the coming vacation even more.


  1. We have the same problem in our house. I often get headaches on Saturdays or Sundays and David often feels dreadful in those early days of relaxing. I hope you're feeling better soon and able to not just rest, but enjoy the rest.

  2. Thanks! As I hoped, my cold has just about disappeared, the weather has miraculously turned gorgeous (basically overnight) and today was the last day of Japanese class--I feel like summer has just begun! I hope you and your family are doing well!