I appreciate many things about my colleagues, too many to list on this blog post after a long day. So instead I'll go with why I was thankful for them today.
My left eye has been bugging me for over a week now. It started tearing and itching when I would sit on the couch, reading or watching tv. I thought it was allergies from laying around to much with my cats (#catladyproblems). I would itch it (making it worse), complain, tear up, repeat. I'm embarrassed to admit how many times I've reenacted that routine over the past two weeks. Me, the one who always scolds my husband for not going to the doctor at the first sign of trouble.
This morning my eye was swollen shut with nice layer of crust accenting my lashes. Crust! You can no longer ignore the problem when crust is involved. My totally unqualified self-diagnosis told me that this was not pink eye because a) my eye wasn't bloodshot, and b) I didn't wipe $*#! in it, and that's the way you get pink eye, right? So I went about my normal morning workout/eat/get ready routine, but I didn't put on eye make up because the crust was really making my lashes pop on its own. I went to school and called the clinic during my planning period. They could see me at 2:40 in the next town over. The clinic doesn't understand that I'm a teacher and I can't just come and go as I please across the county whenever I feel like it.
And this is why I'm grateful for my colleagues today: they let me go at 2:00 so I could get my creepy eye checked out. My secretary showed concern instead of annoyance, which is astonishing since we have virtually no substitutes in our district.
My recess duty partner checked my face for swelling as soon as I told him why I was squinting like a pirate (he's a science teacher, so he likes to help figure out what's wrong with me on a regular basis). The special ed associate who's in my room during 7th period volunteered to watch the kids during writing time so I could leave for the appointment after giving instruction. My co-teacher and partner in crime for 8th period took our two combined classes today so I wouldn't have to worry about coming back.
Because of my awesome colleagues, I made it to the clinic in a different town in the middle of the day. I have a particularly unique type of stye in my eye that requires $200 ointment to remedy. Ignoring it probably would have created a gross puss explosion.
I have a million reasons to be thankful for the people I work with, but today they took care of me when I was feeling crummy. I appreciate that I work with people who not only respect me as an educator, but also care about me as a person.
I teach 7th and 8th grade English in rural Iowa and hope to reflect, connect, and share with other English teachers. Iowa Council of Teachers of English Executive Board member. Iowa Writing Project superfan. UNI MA:TESS graduate.