A "Gift" From My Students

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@DWDavis (15662)
Pikeville, North Carolina
January 15, 2017 6:52am CST
As invariably seems to happen when we all return from Winter Break, my students have bestowed on my an unwelcome "Gift." Several million gifts, if you think about it, in the form of Cold Germs. This year I thought I had dodged that particular viral bullet when I made it through our first week back without developing any symptoms, despite the number of students complaining of not feeling well. Then, as I mentioned in my post the other day, I began to feel just a mite under the weather. Well, or not well, actually, as of last night I have developed a full on Cold with all the wonderful (he typed sarcastically - can you type sarcastically?) symptoms that includes. I am hopeful this particular strain of the rhinovirus or coronavirus, whichever I am currently hosting, is a mild and short lived one. How is your day starting off today?
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@BelleStarr (40234)
• United States
15 Jan 17
I always take Zicam at the first sign to nip it in the bud, but we were off to church earlier and now are getting ready to go out to lunch.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 Jan 17
My wife is a firm believer in Zicam, but it upsets my stomach. I don't know why. I do try to keep the fluids and Vitamin C going, though.
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@BelleStarr (40234)
• United States
16 Jan 17
@DWDavis There are lots of ways to take it including nasal spray which should resolve the upset stomach issue,
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 Jan 17
@BelleStarr I should look into that. I would love finding a way to shorten this cold.
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@JohnRoberts (66862)
• Los Angeles, California
15 Jan 17
The classroom is one of the greatest germ breeding environments.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
It doesn't help that parents send their kids to school coughing and wheezing and running fevers.
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@JohnRoberts (66862)
• Los Angeles, California
15 Jan 17
@DWDavis I know but you can't keep kids out of school every time they cough.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
@JohnRoberts Coughing I can understand. But sending a kid to school coughing and wheezing, with a runny nose and watering eyes, and a fever of 101(F), is inexcusable, but it happens way too often.
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@DianneN (91186)
• United States
15 Jan 17
I had a feeling when you mentioned being under the weather the other day that this is what you had. If you dodged the bullet this long, you're doing well. Feel better soon.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
Thanks. Truly, the cold is more annoying than anything. I'm hoping an extra day of rest, what with the MLK holiday Monday, will help me throw it off sooner rather than later.
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@DianneN (91186)
• United States
15 Jan 17
@DWDavis I'm happy you have that extra day off. I had that same cold two weeks ago. I caught it from my husband.
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@Happy2BeMe (75441)
• Canada
15 Jan 17
Everybody at work has been sick with a cold or flub buthe so far I have dodged it. I hope your cold doesn't last long and that you feel better soon.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
Thank you. At least I have today and tomorrow off before I go back to the classroom. I hope by Tuesday most of my symptoms will be mild, or gone.
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@Happy2BeMe (75441)
• Canada
15 Jan 17
@DWDavis that is good that you have two days to rest. You should be starting to feel better by then.
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@PainsOnSlate (20814)
• Canada
15 Jan 17
Much better than yours! I rarely get a cold because I'm not out in the public very often. I am a fan of Cold-eze that I have to buy across the border in the US. it shuts down any cold I've ever had within a day or two. Might be worth a try for you since you spend so much time with the rhinovirus or coronavirus twins.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
I've tried Coldeze but it tends to upset my stomach. My wife is a firm believer in it though. She already took some this morning to keep herself from suffering my symptoms.
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• Canada
15 Jan 17
@DWDavis Sorry it doesn't work for you, I am like your wife, anyone sneezes around me or has any symptoms I pop one in my mouth and 99% of the time I don't catch it...
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@marlina (80438)
• Canada
16 Jan 17
I certainly hope that your cold is of very short duration.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 Jan 17
Thank you. I sincerely hope so, too. It is difficult to teach when you can't say more than a few words without breaking into a cough.
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@jaboUK (55157)
• United Kingdom
16 Jan 17
I hope that cold doesn't last long for you. I had the worst cold for years before Christmas, and it lasted about three weeks
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 Jan 17
Three weeks, goodness. I hope you've completely shaken it by now. I'm hoping the worst of this cold will be over by the time I return to school on Tuesday.
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@teamfreak16 (42457)
• Denver, Colorado
16 Jan 17
Well that sucks. Hope you feel better sooner than later.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 Jan 17
Thanks. After a nice long sleep, courtesy of Tylenol PM and Delsym 12 hour cough medicine, I am feeling much better this morning.
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@Kandae11 (40340)
15 Jan 17
Those are so easy to catch when you are out in a public place.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
And I spend every school day in a closed room with 25-30 potential carriers of all sorts of ailments. It is a wonder more teachers don't spend more time sick. I think we must develop strong immune systems being exposed to so many germs.
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@Kandae11 (40340)
15 Jan 17
@DWDavis Yes, you should fortify your system with lots of vitamin C.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
@Kandae11 I am trying to get a full compliment of Vitamin C via my favorite Cran-Grape juice.
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@Ronrybs (8077)
• London, England
15 Jan 17
I have been really lucky and haven't had a cold since 2013. Mind you, I gave up working in 2013 so which may account for it!
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
Keeping out of the crowded workplaces and classrooms does help cut down on the exposure to ailments.
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@Ronrybs (8077)
• London, England
16 Jan 17
@DWDavis So far, so good!
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@responsiveme (18021)
• India
16 Jan 17
Two more days of holidays left. Hope you are getting over the cold soon. Looking at your title for a moment I thought 'gifts' meant their holiday homework/ answer scripts.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 Jan 17
I would consider it a wonderful gift if most of my students would actually do their homework, LOL.
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@TRBRocks420 (85626)
• Banks, Oregon
15 Jan 17
I hate those kind of gifts, my nieces brought it home from their school last year.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
Unfortunately, it is a gift I can't refuse.
@Hate2Iron (8093)
• Canada
15 Jan 17
I'm doing well, and I hope that this strain of whatever it is... is a mild one!
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
It's got me feeling rather down and out today. Luckily, I have tomorrow off so I can spend the day resting.
@tzwrites (4980)
• Romania
15 Jan 17
I guess catching everything from students is a downside to teaching.
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
Catching whatever the students bring is an occupational hazard. I had been lucky so far this school year. This is the first time I've come down with something.
@MALUSE (45778)
• Uzbekistan
15 Jan 17
I haven't had a cold since I retired from teaching. You are one of the members who knows the reason! :-)
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@DWDavis (15662)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Jan 17
I sure do. This risk is one of the reasons my orthopedist doesn't want me to undergo hip replacement until I retire.
@quantum2020 (10144)
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
16 Jan 17
Today the day is starting good for me. I usually eat fruist and vegetables to prevent the flu. I had the symptoms last week, but they lasted only two days. Having the flu is one of the worst things that anyone can endure
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