The Week That Wouldn’t End


I need to find a mini Zen Rock Garden – STAT

Since I’m a school nurse, this time of year is a hectic one.  This was “the first week back with kids.”  That means the students have returned to classes, and the staff has returned to the hard work of educating and caring for them.  For me specifically, this means coordinating their health care.

This week, that included such things as:

  • Receiving doctor’s orders for the many students to whom I administer medications during the school day
  • Receiving and organizing medications such as inhalers and pills, to be given during the school day
  • Checking about 80 students for head lice (and yes, finding some)
  • Doing G-tube feedings for a medically fragile student
  • Tending to bumps and bruises from kids getting their “recess legs” back
  • Managing our many asthmatic students on today’s Air Quality Health Alert Day (many students can’t participate in outdoor play)

In addition to being the school nurse, I am a parent – both my kids attend my school.  So I also had responsibilities such as Parent Orientation Night and signing paperwork for their teachers, and of course carting them with me to school and back and helping with homework.  I somehow still managed to get 2 runs in this week though!



Friday afternoon has finally come, and I thought I should go run.  But…


Nurse, Heal Thyself

I know what’s good for me.

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10 thoughts on “The Week That Wouldn’t End

  1. I had that flower in my classroom too. I put it on my desk, and I would tell the kids the most talkative kids had to sit by the flower because they would be hypnotized by it 🙂 They loved that flower

    • I could totally see that! I have a Rubix cube in my clinic (among other things) for kids who are waiting for awhile, are easily distracted, autistic, talkative, you name it!

      • Nanci says:

        Oh, the Rubix cube is a great idea! Easy to sanitize! I need to buy one!

      • Nanci I actually got one from the office – they ordered “rewards” for the kids and one of them is a Rubix cube – it’s not the traditional color blocking one though – one side is a happy face, another side is a peace sign, etc – very cute and not as challenging!

  2. wow.. sounds like a busy first week!
    i love the caption on your last photo.. ‘heal thyself.’ =) although i don’t drink, i do belief in ‘self care’ as my social worker friends call it. =)

  3. Carrie Palaoro says:

    Love the ending 🙂

  4. acuriousgal says:

    A busy week indeed!! I’ll have a glass too and toast to a job well done….cheers!!

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