So I've had to take 2 sicks days this week. This is not something I really wanted to do during the first term. As trainees our schedule is hectic, I am at school teaching 50% of a full timetable from 8.30 am - 3.30 pm. I get home around 4, and then work till between 8 and 9 every evening.
I decided before starting this course I would never work any later than 9pm each evening. It's working okay at the moment, I'm managing my time to the best of my ability, and am keeping up with planning the lessons okay.
We can only take 8 sick days over the whole year if we want to graduate with the rest of our class. Any more than that and we will have to make up the time at some point before we can graduate. Considering this is my shortest term, weighing in at just over 6 weeks, I really wanted to be able to get through this term with no illness.
This was probably not so much positive thinking as deluded thinking. Let's face it; I'm working in a school. With hundreds of young people, sneezing and coughing and spreading their lovely young people germs. Not to mention it's November. And freezing. The concept of not coming down with a nasty bug/cold was probably never going to occur.
So the last two days I have barely been able to talk and definitely not been able to breathe. Yet all I can do is kick myself for having to use 2 sick days. To lose the lessons I spent hours planning. To not have had a clear run at full attendance.