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karendee
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I just want to hear some of you are teachers. I have finally decided to go back to school and I am going for a masters in elementary education.
 
I am a bit nervous since I am going to a local school and I have tests to pass etc. (one test is a 5 hour one I take in March or May)
 
I am also nervous about times when I am flaring and if I need to go to the bathroom. I would like to teach the younger grades probably K-3 or so...
 
Anyone out there a teacher and want to share?
 
 
I am excited and very nervous. My hubby is supportive and I think a new career in teaching would be much better for myself and my family.
 
thanks!
Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

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Becoming undone
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
love being a teacher. Like the Jr. High to HS ages though. Haven't been able to do anything for about 2 years now.
My words of advice:
Kids (all ages) are germ factories. It made the news last month or so that the germiest job was teaching, even beat out medical care settings. Make sure you keep hand sanitizer always on hand. Esp I see that you are on Humira. (BTW, teenagers seem almost worse than the elementary kids)

For potty breaks, teachers usually have a hard time finding them. However, discuss this with your supervisor, and you will need someone to have to cover your class when you need that break.(not sure with your district if it is a lead teacher, VP, principal, etc.)

The days off and vacation are quite nice. I want to be back in a classroom right now...I wish you all the best...

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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not a teacher Karen, but I did want to wish you all the luck in the world with your new career!! You go girl!!

Hugs,
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karendee
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   Posted 2/11/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   

thanks both of you!!

I am a bit worried about the germs but I think I can be really careful. I will have plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer. I may even spray lots of disinfectant around :)

I worked in a school a few years ago and they were teens. Boy did they carry some germs. When one got sick they all got sick!

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

 

 


Bible
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   Posted 2/11/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a teacher- I love it- I have been teaching for 10 years. It is a great challenge as far as having to go to the bathroom. I know all the laws regarding ADA, accomodations, etc.; However, realistically, it is almost impossible to have coverage when needing to run back and forth to the bathroom- Teachers are held accountable for what takes place in their class and if s/t happens while out to go to the restroom, I am liable. A good idea is to think about going into special education so that you can get a paraprofessional in the class with you. This way you can run to the bathroom; Otherwise, like me, you'll have to get another teacher next door to keep an eye on your class. that is very stressful!! I have had days where I don't eat until the last hour of the day so that I may not have to go the rr unitl students have gone home. I don't mean to be discouraging, I am just speaking from my own experience. Good Luck!!

karendee
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   Posted 2/11/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Bible, that is a big help! I will think about Special Ed. That was my original major as a teenager.

We have helpers in the younger grades here so I may be ok. Some of the new schools have some really nice bathrooms close by also. I have to aim to get a job at those :)

Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

 

 


Stef17
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   Posted 2/11/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I was a teacher - until my CD got so bad that I had to go on disability. It is almost impossible for the administration to get someone to your room fast enough to cover you if you need to use the restroom. I spent the last 2 years of teaching trying to get coverage and it was hard. My principal was sympathetic, but I was at the farthest end of the building - outside in one of those trailers. I taught middle school, so it's never good to leave 35 13 year olds by themselves. :) Eventually my outrageous amount of absences forced the administration's hands and I was told to get it together or get fired. I applied for disability and ended my teaching career. I loved teaching, but unless you can do something with a team teacher - you'll be in a tough spot if you are flaring. When you are not flaring - life is great.

1)keep extra clothing with you in case of an accident
2)make friends with the teacher next door so he/she can watch your kids if you have to bolt
3)let the administration know so they can help accommodate you.

karendee
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   Posted 2/11/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Stef17, so sorry you had problems, I am aiming for a team situation so that should help me a lot. thanks for all your info!

Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

 

 


Stef17
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   Posted 2/11/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
You're welcome. Sorry if my post sounded so negative. I actually LOVED teaching with all my heart. It was totally my niche! I just got so sick the last couple of years that it made life very difficult and stressful to work AND be sick at the same time. I wish you MUCH success and hope you find the perfect spot for yourself!!!

karendee
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   Posted 2/11/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Stef17! I understand the post well. I am glad you gave me some of the negatives, that is just what i wanted... I need to know the challenges ahead of me.
 
So sorry you got so sick, maybe you will go back someday.
 
Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

 

 


AKTeach
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   Posted 2/11/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taught off and on for the last 30 years, WOW, that is a long time. 
I was diagnosed with CD in 2000.  I was in the middle of my first year teaching kindergarten, after many years teaching first and second grade.  Since then I have had good years and not so good years health wise, but  I LOVE TEACHING KINDERGARTEN!!!! 
This year, after a very bad summer, two hospital visits and losing my Dad, I started the year off not doing very well.  On Sept. 15 I decided to take the year off with a medical leave of absence, 12 weeks were concidered FMLA, so my insurance continued!! What a relief!!!
It has been good to have less stress, and I may not return to teaching next Sept., because I am just not as healthy when teaching as I get older, I am 52.
It is different for everyone, and I loved every year I taught. It is an awesome career, and well worth the time, and effort for the rewards you receive from all of those little smiling faces who think you are wonderful!!
I wish you the very best in your decision!!

AKTeach
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   Posted 2/11/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
OH, I forgot. My administrative staff and fellow teachers at the schools I have taught in have been great. I told them right up front what was going on and that I might be absent from time to time, I even worked half days for a month when I was flaring. I took a month off to have a small bowel resection, and the principal was very helpful. But I found I was taking too many days off last year, and that was not OK for my students, they needed the stability of their teacher being there (I work in a very low socio-economic school) and school is there safe haven.
So a lot does depend on your staff and administration, just as others have said.


Anne

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   Posted 2/11/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually team taught, but it depends on the building about how much support you get.
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 2/11/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I was a sub in a middle school. The bathroom situation was tough but all the rooms had adjoining doors (think like a hotel). I would hand out a worksheet and then leave the door open and run across the hall the bathroom. I told the other teacher so she understood. I wouldn't have to say anything to her, just open the door. But, I could tell I was disrupting her flow.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Irishmom4
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   Posted 2/11/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taught with Crohn's my entire teaching career. 19 years. I am extremely lucky because I work in a small Catholic school surrounded by great people. The teacher next to me knows that I may be need to sneak out and he knows to check on my class for me. It is the ideal situation. It is really tough at times but I don't know what I would do with it. I think it keeps me mentally healthier. I know at some point I will probably have to stop teaching because of this illness. I would never want to jepordize the education of the children by missing too much school are coming to school too sick to be an affective teacher. For now I take it one day at a time. When teachers are complaining about this or that I just want to shake them and tell them how lucky they are to have these kids in their daily lives.

I say go for it!!!!
Elizabeth
dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now weaning off  Predisone after another flare. Started taking my Asacol again.


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   Posted 2/11/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   

I teach 5th-8th graders band.  I have a different situation in that I go to 5 different schools and do this over a period of 4 days.   My classes are 45 minutes long and then they go back to the classroom, so I have the opportunity to use the restroom almost as much as I need. 

But 5 different schools means 5 different sets of germs, and 5 times as many germs that I am exposed too, and also, there is alot of spit flying around at first with the beginners!  lol  Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I have been on remicade and still am, and I am the healthiest one around!  Antibact. is good,, but washing your hands is better, and I do that constantly! 

All of my principals at the schools I teach at know that I have crohns.  They have all been very understanding.

I absolutely love what I do!  I so hope you can find a school that works for you!  Good luck!

 

 

karendee
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   Posted 2/12/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   

wow, thanks everyone!!! this has been so helpful. You have all got me excited to teach now. yeah I was so nervous and all of you came through for me.

 I know there will be some really tough days but I have that now as well.

Kindergarten would be my first choice but I would be happy to teach almost any age. I wanted to be a teacher when I was a little kid. I am so glad I have decided to do this!!

I figure if the kid classroom gets to hard I could always get my Doctorate and teach adults how to teach.... There are some options out there.

thanks again everyone for sharing your stores and advise. you have helped me so much!!!!

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

 

 


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 2/12/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
teaching at the college level is much easier and you get more breaks...
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karendee
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   Posted 2/12/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   

teaching at the college level is definitely an option for me then....

thanks!

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

 

 


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 2/12/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
once you have your masters you can teach at least at the undergrad level...plus there are GTA positions
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All that I am and all that I shall ever be, I owe to my Angel Mother.

The Bucket List- Have you found joy in your life?  Has your life brought joy to others?

Make sure your suffering has meaning…


mel05
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   Posted 2/12/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello!

I teach kindergarten...this is my 5th year teaching, however, I was only diagnosed January 2008.  I did work while VERY SICK until I was diagnosed though for almost a year and a half.  redface    I've been fine since I've been diagnosed and on meds, so I haven't NEEDED to get to the bathroom.  And this year, I have an aide, so it's not an issue, BUT when I was sick, there is a door that connects my room to another and I would run through if I needed to go, and they knew that was a sign that I needed someone to watch my room.  My principal is also very supportive as well as my kindergarten teammates...we have a signal that they know and then I just go and someone watches my class.  I wouldn't change it for anything!  I also keep lots of hand sanitizer as well as wipe down the tables with clorox wipes a few times a day...knock on wood, I haven't gotten the flu that's been going around!  I also got a flu shot for the first time this year.

If you have any other questions, please ask!


Diagnosed with crohn's in January 2008! 
Pentasa 1000 mg 4 times a day
 
I am 28 years old and have been married for 3 years.  My husband and I will be trying to get pregnant soon!!


karendee
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   Posted 2/13/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow, I am so lucky to have this supportive group!!

Navy, I will definitely look into teaching adults. I could always do that if I can't find a Elem. school job right away.

 

mel05, that is great! Sounds like teaching is working well for you. Kindergarten is my dream job but I would teach higher grades also. Looks like I might have to add cleaning to the list of things I teach the kids.

 

I am getting even more excited everyday! I wish I was done with school already. I may have to add some extra classes :-)

Thanks!

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

 

 

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