Last week was very busy and emotionally draining.
I was kept busy by school stuff- testing, grading, sending out deficincie letters, and office referals due to inappropriate class behavior.
Oh, and I now have my annual medical exams lined up, plus a new GYN because my previous GYN decided it was time to retire.
Among all my appointments scheduled, I also started Physical Therapy to help my lower back.
It seems that since Thanksgiving '05 there's been some sort of "black cloud" lingering over our school/work site. Thils "black cloud" affecting some of my collegues and their loved ones, therefore, affecting us all at work.
First Patty- 3rd gr. teacher,young (42 years old), in good health, athletic, runner...gets a stroke while on a cruise! Thankfully, she is now so much better, but still not able to return to work.
Then Miel- Kinder teacher...her cousin committed suicide.
Following Kim- 5th gr. teacher...father-in-law passsed away.
Next Rosie- Speech Therapist...her husband was being treated for Acid Reflux, unfortunately, it turns out he instead had a rare form of cancer and passed away last week. Funeral services are this week.
Lastly, Jerri- Kinder teacher...her mother also just passed away last week. Funeral services were this morning.
In between the above mentioned- there were other teachers who either they, or loved ones were being seen for other medical related maladies as well.
Presently, we are all in "pain"...grieving and praying together.
At school/work, we all hope that this "black cloud" goes away, and that good things, positive things start blooming- soon!
Thourgh all this, Marguerite and Carole, our principal and vice principal have been very supportive. They have both achieved that our school environment become cohesive and intimate. We are very fortunate that they are with us.