Forget the Booze, I'll Take the Nyquil

One of the “hazards” of working with kids when you’re not used to it is picking up every little germ and virus the little angels bring to school with them. Add to that an uncertain immune system and you can be assured of taking home your very own little illness.

Yesterday at school I thought I was having an allergy attack. But last night I was running a slight fever and I realized I had a cold. My first cold in a very long time. So I made sure I had a good eight hours to sleep and took two Nyquil. After nine hours of sleep I got up to chat with the kids before they left for school. It was nice not having to rush around. After all, I didn’t have to be at Bible study until 9:15 and the hostess lives less than five minutes from me.

I still felt a little fuzzyheaded and curled up in the big, comfy, green chair to chat with Katie. I reminded her to go brush her feet and to please take her dirty dishes to the bathroom. So she covered me with a light blanket, kissed my forehead and told me to go back to sleep. Then she left.

I figured I’d just rest for a little bit before I went to take my shower. When I opened my eyes to look at the clock I thought I’d only been asleep for about 10 minutes. My blurry vision told me the clock on the mantel said 7:30. But after rubbing the haze away I realized it was 8:30!

It took me several more minutes before I was able to actually pull my body from the comfort of the chair. So I went to Bible study with no shower, no makeup, and a mind that was working only slightly better than it had been at 7:00.

Still it was great to get together with the ladies after our summer break. And last Spring my participation was sketchy with all the stuff I had going on.

I just need to remember to take my Nyquil earlier next time.

12 Comments

  1. Dev on September 21, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    That Nyquil is wicked stuff. I’ve never taken it, but it’s been known to knock my mom out for 12 hours at least!

  2. jenn on September 21, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    ugh! is something going around? i, too, have been cold-proned over the last few weeks. advil cold & sinus has been my savior, but still gives me the same fuzzy, burnt out feeling as nyquil does. hope u feel better

  3. Gretchen on September 21, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    “I still felt a little fuzzyheaded and curled up in the big, comfy, green chair to chat with Katie. I reminded her to go brush her feet and to please take her dirty dishes to the bathroom. So she covered me with a light blanket, kissed my forehead and told me to go back to sleep. Then she left.”You’re so dang cute, I can’t stand it. I hope you feel better soon. Benadryl is my poison. I could sleep for days on that.

  4. Em on September 21, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    LOL…sorry about the hangover there…hope you are feeling better soon.

  5. Travis Erwin on September 21, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    I had this same heavy drowsy feeling this morning but mine was due to taking two muscle relaxers at bedtime. But at least I finally got some rest.

  6. susan on September 22, 2007 at 1:39 am

    I forgot about that aspect of just starting in a preschool. I remember when I was sick for the entire winter. I hope you manage to skip all those icky germs.

  7. Trish on September 22, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Yes, our little dralings have brought home all sorts of germs too. I think schools keep pharmaceuticals in business.

  8. Swishy on September 22, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    I hope you are feeling better!

  9. Angry Woman on September 22, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    I hope you feel better. I forget young children are walking germ factories. I’ve lost count on how many times my nieces have gotten me sick. My poor mom lives in fear of them sometimes because the girls have gotten her sick on more than one occasion too. Just keep tossing down that NyQuil, at night of course.

  10. Eileen on September 22, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Welcome to my world! Working in school is tough, after 22 you think I would be a little more resistant to the viruses and streps and all that stuff. NOPE. Nyquil use to be my friend too, but I was too out of it in the am.I hope you are feeling better.The good news is, you have not caught any lice or scabies! We have had such awful outbreaks, especially with the lice. Kids are huggers, even if they know they have it, they just don’t think about it. I have been lucky, but many of the staff has not been! However, it is all worth it, just to work with the children, really!

  11. CindyS on September 23, 2007 at 3:43 am

    Oh how I love NyQuil. I really really do but now it only knocks me out for about 6 hours and I wake up drenched.The other thing about it is to only take it maybe two or three days. After that you could be masking bronchitis or pneumonia. I take it two nights and if I still have a cold after that I stop taking anything and pray it leaves me sooner for not bothering it ;)And now I must shake my finger at you and say ‘don’t go out when you are sick! Nobody wants your cold!!’ Sorry, that’s the germaphobe in me talking ;)CindyS

  12. Lainey-Paney on September 25, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    yuck. hope you’re better soon!

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