Over the weekend, I wasn’t feeling very well. Sunday was my day off from both jobs, which should have been Date Night with the BF, but instead it ended up being switch between sleeping on the couch and in the bed. I felt terrible for being under the weather and not having a good date night with my BF, but he understood.
Monday I wasn’t feeling much better. I debated on going to the dr.’s, but it is always a big decision because I don’t have insurance and I am self-pay. I spent most of the day in bed trying to rest up and recuperate before I had to go to work that evening. I even tried to get someone to cover my shift, but we are short on Bartenders and most everyone has a second job or school that restricts their schedule.
I thought about calling off, but that is not in my nature. So, I put on my big girl pants and went to work. Luckily, my co-worker was able to switch with me. I still had to work a 6 hour shift, but it was much better than working the 8.5 hour
Tuesday, when I woke up I was still suffering from a major sore throat. Since my mom is a medical assistant, I went to the clinic where she works to get checked out by the nurse practitioner. Because I didn’t have any other cold or flu-like symptoms, she diagnosed it as acute tonsillitis. She gave me a prescription for an antibiotic and sent me on my way. She offered to write me a work excuse, but I declined. There was no way that I could cancel class last night knowing that I was missing Thursday night because of the flair competition. I did, however, e-mail the peer mentor that was scheduled to observe my class and ask him to consider coming another night. Thankfully, he obliged.
That took away a lot of my stress. I also opted to have my students debrief after their first round of speeches. I asked them all to reflect on how they did and assess what things they did that were successful and what things that they learned not to do for next time. I think that it was a good activity. I also finished lecturing on the presentation aid chapter before giving them the quiz over the material. We had about ten minutes of class left afterward, so rather than starting a new chapter I allowed them to ask questions about their midterm.
One savvy student asked what type of answer that I expected for the essay questions. We were able to go over two of the five potential essay questions. I think that it was very smart that she asked that because I don’t have anything against reviewing the answer with them, or pointing out the exact spot in the book where they can find the information. I just wish that we had more time to cover more material.
Some of the students were discussing coming to class on Thursday and having a study session with each other. It makes me extremely proud to know that my students care enough to want to do that. I know that several of them have class beforehand and are on campus, anyway. I know that some of them will just take the night off, but I think that is o.k., too. We all need a sanity break sometimes.
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