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When teachers get bronchitis…

January 25, 2008

Did you ever wonder what happens when teachers get bronchitis?

Well, these photos do a nice job of capturing a bit of what it is like. For the past few weeks I have had a somewhat nagging cough, but no other symptoms. On Monday night my cough took quite a turn for the worse when I went in to quite a fit of coughing at about 11 at night. I didn’t realize quite how bad the coughing was until my neighbor, Fritz (one of the house fathers), called my phone and wanted to take me to the hospital immediately.

I told him that I just needed to rest and that I would go to the doctor the next day. I went down to Heather’s place and told her what Fritz had said and while there I realized how much she was also coughing. We made a deal that we would both go to the doctor the next day. The next morning I woke up and realized that my coughing had lessened, but my breathing was very labored and my chest was quite constricted.

Ruth, the principal at our school sent me a message in the morning and asked how I was doing. I told her about the breathing trouble and she said I needed to go to the doctor first thing. I called the doctor and made an appointment for myself and then Heather called and made her appointment. I went in for my appointment and came out with a diagnosis of acute, unspecified bronchitis and 4 scripts to take. A few hours later Heather went in to the same doctor’s office and came out with a similar diagnosis and 4 different scripts. We were both required to stay home from school for at least the next day and possibly a few more.

Heather and I decided if we had to stay home in bed, we could at least watch some TV, so we made the best of the situation by moving the TV, VCR, and DVD player into my bedroom and took refuge for the next couple of days. We have both had several bouts of uncontrollable coughing, but we are trying to rest as much as we can and be thankful for the time that we have to relax.

All that to say, when teachers get bronchitis, they can get a little goofy!

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