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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Asbestos, Mildew, and Mold, Oh My!

How many sick days is this? Five? HOW AM I STILL GETTING SICK?

Everyone always says your first year in a school is the worst, that you'll catch everything. My friends, the second year is worse even than that. Your body is already weakened from the previous years diseases, your immune system shocked by the sheer volume of germs assaulting it.

For real though, either I'm a hypochondriac or there is definitely something just plain wrong with the air in my school. By the time February vacation had rolled around I was pretty much ill with a chest cold. Two days later, all signs of illness had mysteriously dried up and I was perfectly fine.

Now it's Wednesday, two days back at school and I am already feeling sick again- achy head, runny nose, scratchy throat, my skin as white and dry as birch bark. I mean, I know schools are breeding grounds for germs and all, but the situation is becoming dire. There are only two possible solutions: 1. My body subconsciously does not want me to have wake up and go to work, thus making up illnesses of it's own accord, or 2. The air quality in this school is extremely poor. And since I love my job, I'm going to go with the latter.

I would love to bring a humidifier into work to alleviate the desert-dry air, but humidity is not good for books and I have the feeling it would just amp up the amount of viruses and bacteria germinating in there. It's also a bit disheartening when you hear the school nurse saying things like, "Wow, the teachers are just dropping like flies today", or the secretaries lamenting that there aren't enough subs to go around. (Speaking of, they better not have put the nutcase sub in for me today- I don't need to go back in tomorrow to find children sleeping in the stacks and the computers coated in an inch thick layer of spitballs.)

What do you do when you're actually allergic to your work?

6 Comments:

Blogger Beej rocks hardcore!

The only solution is to become a telecommuting librarian. All problems solved!

12:20 PM

 
Blogger CarpeDM rocks hardcore!

Oh, that sucks. The worst I ever had was when they were painting and I broke out into hives from the smell. That was awful. Oh, and the mold when the pipes broke and the building started flooding. Good times.

Talk to your doctor. Maybe there's something they can do that will help with this. Good luck.

1:02 PM

 
Anonymous megan rocks hardcore!

i say you should wear a surgical mask everywhere you go. michael jackson-esque. then you'll be mysterious AND healthy.

1:19 PM

 
Blogger Kelli rocks hardcore!

At the place I used to work -which was an old converted warehouse - there was definitely something in the air. Some days it was worse than others but really the air circulation there left a lot to be desired.

I don't have any advice to offer you, although --silver lining -- maybe your coffee/Starbucks runs that you hate will help -- change of air quality for at least a few minutes out of the day for you!

5:21 PM

 
Blogger stilettoheights rocks hardcore!

when I still owned the comic shop I was in the same boat...

you se our shop was in a very old renovated house, that for years was...an animal shelter.

I am allergic (deathly) to animals, the place was also filled with black mold in the heating system, and hell it's comic books, so they are dusty as hell.

after being in the building for about 4 months, I ended up in the hospital....

thousands of dollars later after we had to replace all the vent work in the building...I was finally able to actually not almost die in the night.

But nothing stopped me from going in everyday, even when it was killing me.

9:06 AM

 
Anonymous alyndabear rocks hardcore!

Holy crap. We must be twins; it's my second year at the school and I just had MY fifth day off. FREAKY.

7:02 PM

 

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