Cancel or Not?

It seems like I’ve been sick all year. I’ve had the flu, the stomach flu, colds, allergies and, last week, a sinus infection. I’m not going to debate on why this year seems to be hitting me like a punch in the gut by The Rock, but I do want to see how others handle this problem: When do you not go to your dance lesson?

I’m an adult female. I work as a nurse. I know when sick is Sick (with a big S). This is the no-brainer call out of work, cancel all scheduled activites and stay in bed. Fever, vomiting, etc, all warrant a halt of activity. As your fever breaks or the vomiting stops, things proceed to the gray area. I don’t want to sound terrible here, but management expects nurses to come to work if their temperature is less than 101 degrees F. They want us to come to work the day after we stop vomiting even if we can’t really eat yet. I know that this is terrible, but that’s healthcare. I don’t agree with it, but there’s not much I can do about it. Stopping at this thought – It’s depressing and makes my blood pressure rise. But, it is possible to not feel your greatest and still work. Depending on your job and level of contact with other humans, this “not feeling well” could go either way – a stay home or a call out. Stay with me here, this is going somewhere.

Dance lessons are a whole other ball game. There is still Sick (with a big S) where cancelling is the only possibility. But when do you go back? This is where it’s hard. I may go back to work but cancel my lesson. Considering how much I love to go to the studio and how many goals I have, why would I do that when I’m merely at the end of a cold?  I don’t want to pass anything on to Teach, that’s for sure. But the bottom line is this: It is a waste of money to go to a lesson that I can’t pay attention to. If my brain is floating in the Milky Way, I need to be at home. I cancelled my lesson on the 28th because I was getting a cold, went to my lesson on the 4th because I was feeling better and then got sick on the way down (don’t forget my 2 hour each way trip). I went to that one because of the 24 hour cancellation policy or you’ll still pay for that lesson thankyouverymuch. Thankfully it was only a single lesson. More on that later. How do you all handle illness and lessons? Are you all lucky to have the constitution of an ox?

Hello world!

I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog for years now but have always had my reservations. I’m not an English major. I’m not a writer, nor do I aspire to be one. What if no one is interested? What if people ARE interested?  Eeek. Which of those is worse? But as I sit on the couch with a stress fracture in my left foot and some pulled muscles in my upper back, my meds are telling me to give it a go!

As I’ve researched blog writing I was told to write about one topic.  I’m going to ignore that advice. I live a life full of popular blogging ideas. I work part time as a nurse (I won’t blog about this because I love you); I homeschool my only child who has ADHD; I attempt to ballroom dance (the only people who actually can dance are professionals); I follow a paleo lifestyle; I read a lot; I drink massive quantities of tea every day.

I hope to use this blog in three areas. First, to keep track of my dance lessons -both the things learned and the emotional aspects. Second, for book reviews and such. Lastly, for homeschooling. There is a lack of homeschool information and encouragement for the middle school years. If I can help one person I will be satisfied.

My first post went well. Let’s see where this ends up!