Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Very terrifying, I agree. Yikes.

It is interesting how many people actually drag themselves to work even when they're not feeling well. I'm not sure it's always been this way. But I think the combination of work ethic on over-drive, multi-tasking lifestyles, the economy, etc. is just making people less aware of the need to take care of themselves (and others who don't want to be exposed to their germs!).

I can't tell you the number of students who come to class sick and sit, hacking their way through it--especially at midterm and final exam time. Many of my students don't have access to healthcare here and I think they just plow on, and don't think about the consequences.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Last spring I felt so nervous about it because of the unknown aspect of what it would do to everyone who got it. I guess now I'm just thinking that I could end up writing a few more sub plans if my kids end up with it, and that I should get used to kids being out of class and helping them do make up work (which can be tricky in my field of teaching). I hope that we all manage to dodge it, though it seems unlikely. So here's my question for you...will your family do the immunization when it comes out?


mouse's picture mouse

A mild form (confirmed as H1N1) went through our middle school recently and hit the other schools, though less severely. Our neighbors both had it and I assume we were exposed. Trillian actually thinks we had a mild version the first time it went around, and I wouldn't be surprised since it didn't hit the schools harder this time.

Being pregnant, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the vaccine they'll be offering soon. Since I'm pretty sure I've been exposed, probably twice at this point, I'm probably going to skip it. And use lots of hand sanitizer when I sub!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Omaha--I don't think we will get the kids vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine. I'm not against vaccines in general, but I'm wary of brand-new vaccines and just don't want to be "rushed" into getting it for the kids without being certain.

I still think lots of hand-washing and good, safe hygiene can be the best prevention--not perfect, but very helpful.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thank you, Megan--this seems very important.