Post # 1
I am home from work sick…AGAIN. This is my 8th sick day this school year (we get 9 total and 3 personal days). I took one “mental health” day in October or November, but the rest of been truly sick. Fever, sore throat, other nasty things. I’m really sick of being sick. This is only my 2nd year teaching and I am in a new building this year. Last year I thought I was doing pretty good because I only needed 4 sick days total.
How long did it take your immune system to get stronger? Are there any tips for how to keep up my immune system during peak sick times?
Post # 3
Ugh, I feel you. I only taught for one year (but am likely going back) and was so sick all the time. I NEVER get sick, so it was a huge change for me. A lot of the teachers at my school said it took them 3 years to really get adjusted to all of the germs – so hopefully this is your last sick year!
I think I lost my voice like 4 times from colds/bronchitis that first year, not to mention the stomach flu a couple of times and a bout of strep throat. Good luck & feel better!
Post # 4
I used to NEVER get sick but when I started teaching, I was sick at least once a year with something severe and 3-4 times with colds.
I am now in my 5th year of teaching elementary school and I feel like the immunity has finally kicked in. I can have Kindergarten kids literally sneezing in my face and on my food, and…nothing (haha – gross I know). I just take Vitamin C and don’t even get a scratchy throat.
Even by my 4th year, things were getting better.
Post # 5
@KatiePi: Mine got stronger after my second year. I still get sick, though. I had a bad sinus infection this year and was out due to it. But I am prone to sinus infections. I teach the older kids though (10 – 12 grade), so they don’t really cough on me and stuff. It’s just when they cough and sneeze all of their tests that I have to grade.
On a side note, do you take Zicam? I found that that helped me with the severity of my colds.
Hope you feel better!
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Fiance was in elementary school teaching for 10 years and always got sick at least 3-4 times a year. It had been a long time since I had been sick that frequently, but it seemed I would always catch whatever he got! Kids would sneeze on him etc..he also did a lot of library and computer work with them and I think touching the keyboards/books that they did just spread more germs no matter how much he tried to wash his hands or use hand sanitizer.
He now works for a non-profit and has commented on how much better he’s done in the past year in terms of getting sick. Seems it can be tough to avoid.
Post # 7
I once had an older teacher tell me she didn’t get a strong immune system for about 5 years after her first year.
I have already had the flu, a stomach virus and I just got back from the doctors wherebhe confirmed I had strep.
Anything my third graders get, I get. Thank god for this crazy snow storm we had last night because school was called off today and I didn’t have to use a sick day.
Post # 8
I teach high schjool, 9th graders, and am in my 13th year of teaching.
My immune system is great. I pretty much never get sick – the most I get is a mild sniffle, but I don’t bother to take days off for that; it’s not worth it.
I have found that changing buildings does kind of reset the clock so to speak. You have to get used to the germs in that building and with those kids. Anecdotally, I’d say it takes 3-4 years for the immunity to kick in.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone. This is what I’ve heard from a few teachers. I was SO cocky going into teaching because I NEVER got sick. I remember getting the flu once as a kid/teenager and that’s it! I almost never missed school as a student (even in college). I do not take Zicam but will look into it. Last year I could take sick days and not worry about my students. This year I have a very different group and hate being away from them because they only do well with their actual teachers. Hell for subs. I will try to bring Vitamin C with me. I also teach high school so its not so much sneezing on me (poor elementary teachers!) but touching what they’ve touched and students come to school all sorts of sick because many don’t want to be at home. I appreciate the advice! I guess I’ll just have to ride this out over the next few years (hopefully not much longer).
Post # 10
@Glasgowbound: Good to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I hope to get to that point again!
Post # 11
@KatiePi: At the first sign of a cold, start taking airborne (3 times a day–BTW created by a teacher), a neti pot or saline wash (not saline spray) as often as you can and zinc lozenges (not zinc supplements). The zinc in the lozenge gets aerosalized and binds to the virus in your lungs. Even if this doest make the cold go away, it makes it soooo much beter/shorter.
As for keeping colds away–wash your hands obsessively. I was a Home Ec teacher. When I was in the kitchen and washing my hands 2-3 times an hour, I never, ever got a cold. When I was in the sewing room, I always got sick.
Do you have a sink in your room? If you do, wash your hands between every period. Also, any kid that sneezes or coughs in your room, walk over with the hand sanitizer and give them a squirt.