At what point are you too sick?

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Registered: 04-07-2002
At what point are you too sick?
Thu, 11-13-2008 - 6:05pm

Folks, I was dxed with a serious chronic illness when I was 20 years old. Dealing with that illness ruined my 20s, and only now have I really gotten started on a career (at 36).

Like I said, the illness is chronic and serious. I was OK for a long time, then last year, I had to take academic leave (both because of the illness and pneumonia as well.) It is one year later, and my doctor wants me to take another leave. I'm doing that for several reasons. I know I can finish school, but it begs a question:

At what point are you too sick to teach fulltime? I really want to teach, and will do whatever is necessary, I just don't know if mother nature agrees with my career desires.

Beth "Petrouchka"

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Fri, 11-14-2008 - 8:29am

Tough question. Since your condition is chronic and ongoing the answer might be different



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Registered: 04-19-2004
Fri, 11-14-2008 - 5:07pm

I think you need to seriously consider yoru doc's advice.

Also, have you considered being a substitute teacher? I am sure your school would love to be able to call you to step in. You are certified, know how things work there, etc. I know as a sub myself I can work every single day in our small district if I wanted to (and I have for over a month) is it possible you could do that also?

Another solution might be to teach community college classes. I know ours is always lookign for nigh instructors. You could do even just one night a week. Or some day classes that only meet on odd days or something.

You could also ck out local agencies. I know I am being trained currently w/ a local organization working for families. They are sending me to training for capturing kids hearts program (flip flippen group) and I am going to be their liason between the teachers and the parents that are signed up w/ the program and I will also compile their data at survey time.

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Registered: 12-18-2007
Wed, 11-19-2008 - 5:52pm

Teaching takes a lot out of you, so consider what your doctor has said. If you teach anyone between the ages of 4 and 18, you definitely need to think about it. It would be heart-breaking if something were to happen to you during a class, not to mention traumatic for the students. If you could teach part-time, how many classes a week would you be teaching? Would it severely affect your income?

If you teach college/university level would you be able to do distance/online classes?

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