Saturday, August 3, 2013

mini stroke

It has been a tuff several days. Since Wednesday I have been dealing with a minor stoke and my thoughts have been on this school year, what can I still do, what will happen to me if I can’t teach, etc. etc. I am getting better but I know that doing yearbook is out of the question, pulling duty is out of the question, typing two hand is out of the question. But my brain still works, I know I am getting better as the days go by, I have everything planned out for this year, and I have waited on getting these students for two years now.

Do I RETIRE.  or do I go on as long as I can. The Lord is telling me to on. but is he going to help me? I am teaching at a church school and I am a good Christian, and I have recently made a church retreat. I have emailed the principal to tell her that I will teach for less money. I has never been about the money, ever. It has been about the teaching. What do I do now?

If I could teach without the duty, teach without the yearbook (which will kill me), teach without the other non-teaching items, I what to keep teaching. Teaching is all about the kids do doing all the work. I have everything planned out for the year, and my brain still works really well. So what do I do?

Answers please, I only have a week to go......


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your stroke! Thank God it was only minor, and you're still with us! Your school is so lucky to have a teacher with your passion and dedication. There are so many teachers, especially men, who get into this profession ONLY to do the extras (specifically, to coach sports), that I really have to tip my hat to someone who wants to keep working without all those fun roles... and with the limitations you have to face. I don't have an answer for you, but I can offer you prayers that it all works out!

  2. I would follow your doctor's advice. Doing too much too soon can be hazardous to your health. My friend and fellow teacher had problems like yours. She didn't have a stroke, but she had gall bladder surgery followed by a heart ablation, all within six months. She continued to teach and ended up in worse shape than if she had taken that time off to heal. It is important to heal. I am so sorry you had this stroke, and I know how hard you worked all summer to be able to be the best teacher this fall, but listen to your doctor. Take a leave of absence if you can. Come back stronger when you are healed.

  3. haven't seen my doctor. first the resep say the next appointment is in October, then I tell her what happened and she says I will
    'tell the doctor and have her call you"- which was four days ago. Sad that doctors are now so hard to see.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your stroke, as well, Mr. E! Please take care of yourself. I agree with Ms. W--you need to take care of yourself first and not worry about school. Though, I know that is impossible. And as someone who advised yearbook and newspaper for several years, GIVE IT UP NOW! For me, giving it up was the best thing I could have done for my health and sanity. Yearbook, at times, is more demanding than teaching. You need time to heal. Take care and I'll be praying for you, as well.

  5. I know Tracee, but it is hard to slow down. I have never slowed down in my life. Maybe that is the problem.