Since the beginning of the school year, I have been fighting off colds. One after the other they have come.....and gone. Each time my body would fight it off, but right after Christmas the cold won. I had to head to the Drs. for the first time in over a year. I contributed my good health up to this point to regular exercise and Shakeology which is a supplement drink I "eat" for breakfast every morning. I think maybe the complete change of students is giving me trouble because I am exposed a whole host of new germs.
Now the physician's assistant I see tells me she thinks I may have allergies. I have never had to take anything for allergies in all the years I have been teaching. She prescribes a nasal spray, some antibiotics and sends me on my way. A few days after my appointment, I start to feel better and I realize for the first time how bad I had been feeling. It came on slowly, so slowly that I didn't notice how run down and sick I was feeling. I kept blaming it on a crazy schedule, new kids etc.
Could I be allergic to the new building I am in? I start to remember how this school was thought to be a "sick building" when my mom taught there in the 80s and early 90s. There is really no way to get outside air into the place and the same air would circulate through the building all the time.
So now I am a "Flonase girl". I'll have to see how things go when I get back after Christmas. How many of you have heard of "sick buildings" or allergies to the physical building where you work or live? Fill me in, I would love to know about it. If I can avoid feeling crappy for the second half of the school year, I am all for that!