And it's going to be a short weekend.
Followed by another long week.
Is it Columbus Day weekend yet?
Tuesday and Wednesday I was at the school until after 4:30. Tuesday I didn't get home until about 6:30 and Wednesday I didn't get home until about 5:30.
Thursday evening I noticed that little tickle in my throat. The tickle that all teachers dread. It's the tickle that might mean you're getting a cold. When I woke up on Friday, my throat was feeling even more scratchy and my tummy didn't feel quite right. But I headed off to school anyway. It was picture day, so you can't miss that!
The day went by fairly smoothly. All the kids looked so cute--the girls in poofy dresses and the boys with little ties and button up shirts. I wasn't feeling worse, but I wasn't getting any better. My stomach would go from feeling okay to feeling really nauseated. That's a good feeling.
Finally the day was over, carpool had ended, my room was packed up for the weekend, and I dragged my exhausted self out to the car and settled in for my normal commute home. I got all the way to the on-ramp for the Parkway aaaaaand...there's a police car blocking it! Sweet! I figured someone must have crashed on the on-ramp, so I would get on the Parkway going the opposite direction, make a U-turn and get on my way. Minor inconvenience, but I can deal, right? As I pass the on-ramp, I looked up to the Parkway and it looked like a parking lot. Oh, good. As I get on the Parkway heading the opposite direction, I'm weighing my options. I can do my U-turn and just sit through traffic or I can get on 95 South. I make a U-turn and pass a sign that says to expect delays on the Parkway for the next 5 days between where I get on and another exit several miles down the road. So there's no hope that the delay is short. I decide to get off the Parkway and take 95 South. Normally, 95 South at 4:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon is just plain stupid. If you get on then, you'll be on it for a long time because it usually looks like this:
...and no one is moving anywhere.
But, miracle of miracles!
I hopped on 95 and there was only minor traffic! It was a little disconcerting, but I was home by 4:30! Not bad, considering I was thinking I would be lucky to be home by 5.
Anyway, by the time I got home, I was more tired and still feeling yucky. Then I started to think. I started thinking about a little boy who wasn't at school on Monday. He wasn't there because he had strep throat. He was back on Tuesday after having taken 24 hours worth of antibiotics. Now, 4 days later I had a scratchy throat and a general "sick feeling." I looked up symptoms for strep:
-very sore throat (check? It was scratchy, but not the worst I've ever had.)
-red throat, sometimes with small white or yellow splotches (not sure--my mouth is dark and I can't see inside it very well)
-fever (no fever!)
-general sick feeling (check.)
-lower stomach pains/ache (check.)
Hmmm...I was worried. Matt and I went to bed and I tried not to think about it.
This morning, my throat is feeling much better and I don't feel so yucky anymore. w00t!!! Hopefully I just had a little 24 bug of some sort and I'm fine.
So that's my week. Lots to do today and tomorrow...at least I didn't have to get up at 5:30 this morning.