I don’t believe I’ve mentioned it here, but I recently underwent some surgery.. This comic is one from the beginning of my realizing I had a medical issue. Eventually I Googled “How long does a heart attack last?” and realized that five hours was pushing it. The real problem turned out to be my gallbladder!
There will eventually be many more comics dealing with my surgery and the aftermath… but I wanted to say something now about how hard it is to have to deal with a medical issue like this during the school year. An extended medical leave for something like a surgery can really throw sand in the gears of a classroom. It’s driving me absolutely crazy. If I’m sitting still, I feel OK! If I move around for too much or too strenuously… I’m screwed.
Truth be told, I tried to go back to school on Monday, less than a week after the surgery. I got dressed, drove to the school… and my principal sent me home. It was a truly stupid, dangerous thing to do on my part and I’m embarrassed about it, both as a professional and as a human being who’s supposed to possess some damn common sense.
At any rate. Teachers, take care of yourselves. You may love your students, your educational community, your school… but you owe it to yourself to make sure you’re OK too.