October 2, 2008
The law school has been attacked by the first onslaught of cold and flu season. I have been tempted to replace the large candy bucket in the office with an enormous vat of steaming chicken soup. I am constantly dispensing tissues as well as advice during appointments. I find that my advice has started to sound very much like my mother.
Although much of what I say is common sense, my law students have forgotten these tried and true measures because they are so intent on doing well and not missing too many classes. I find myself repeating the following litany multiple times a day:
- Do yourself and everyone else a favor and stay home in bed while you are contagious.
- Go to see the doctor if the illness pesists.
- E-mail your professors to let them know that you are ill and will not be in class.
- E-mail any appointments to let them know that you are ill and will have to reschedule.
- Get notes from classmates as soon as you return to school.
- Go in to see your professors to ask questions about the material once you have reviewed the notes.
- Wash your hands throughout the day to avoid a new germ contingent that is on the prowl.
- Start getting more sleep, eating better, and taking vitamins so you will not have a relapse.
After the stream of sick humanity through my office, I started to succumb myself. I went home early to chicken soup and extra sleep. So far, crisis averted. Knock on wood. (Amy Jarmon)
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