Post # 1
Yesterday I completed my first month as an early childhood music teacher. In this month, I have already caught two severe colds (from the kids) and now today I have been in bed with a stomach bug and a bad headache. I feel so lucky to have my job and everything about it is perfect for me… except that I feel miserable. I’m afraid that I wont be able to keep it up and part of me is already considering looking for another job that isnt in education (despite the fact that I get paid more than I expected.) I’ve been eating really well, but because I’m sick (URIs make my asthma much worse) I cant work out and that was my stress relief. I have no time for myself, laying in bed sick doesnt count. 🙁 I’m also starting to get a little worried that all of this might bring back my depression. Some teachers at my work say that I’ll build up my immune system and others say they still catch every single bug the kids get. I’m laying here trying not to cry. Is it worth it? Am I just being a wimp? What do I do?
Post # 3
You’ve only been at it for a month, and yes, I’m sure you are miserable, but give it time. I do recall when I used to teach ballet to 3 year olds all the way up to highschool I tended to get sick more often, but not nearly as much as I did when I very first started to teach. Continue to drink plenty of fluids and get rest! Give your body a chance to adjust to its new germy environment!
Also if teaching is your calling then it is worth it. If you are in it “just because” you will always be miserable whether you are sick or not. I say since you are only a month into it, give it some time.
Post # 4
You will build up some immunity. I worked for years in the ER and all the new nurses used to be sick all the time. After all, we lifted the children up to sit on the stretchers so they could cough and sneeze right in our face.
There are some particle borne viruses that you breathe in, but the vast majority of Upper respiratory and gastro infections we get are transferred when we put our hands to our face.
Wash your hands regularly and keep your hands away from your face.
Post # 5
@sheepandbear: I just finished my fifth year teaching kindergarten and I will tell you it gets better! First year, sick A LOT! Now, very very rarely.
Post # 6
ugh – my first year working in a school was MISERABLE! I was sick ALL the time. I promise, by the end of the year, you’ll have built up immunity and you’ll be much better.
Now, if I’m sick – I’m REALLY sick. I rarely get colds/bugs going around.
Post # 7
My first few weeks of working at a daycare was MISERABLE. But your body gets used to it after a while. It’s only been a month!
Post # 8
After about a year you’ll rarely get sick. I still have a really strong immunity from when I worked at a gym in the kids club. When I get sick I just get a slightly sore throat and the sniffles/sneezes but it usually only lasts a day or two.
Post # 9
Thanks a ton for the comments. It gives me hope that I wont have to quit my job lol. I really enjoy it when I’m not feeling like death.
Post # 10
I worked at a school. After my first couple really terrible colds, I went germ/cleanliness crazy. I wouldn’t let the kids touch me, if possible. I NEVER touched their pencils, desks, supplies, etc. if I could help it. I gave them all a squirt of hand sanitizer coming back from recess. when they came back from the bathroom, I wasn’t scared to tell them to go back and WASH their hands (if I was standing right outside and knew for a fact they didn’t). I washed my own hands 4+ times a day and tried to never touch my face, mouth, eating utensils, or food. I took multivitamins and vitamin D capsules. When I could feel that tickle in the back of my throat, I drank Emergen-C (two packs per 8 oz of water, twice or 3x a day).
I didn’t get sick ONCE after January 🙂