Lately I have been really trying to think of things to do to take my mind off infertility. However, I feel that I have been pretty unsuccessful. I mean seriously, there has to be something out there to do that doesn't cost loads of money to do...... I am trying to save up for my next IVF cycle which will cost about $16,000! On a teacher's salary! I know, its funny, right?
Ok, moving on.... So yesterday I was at work and it was a pretty normal day. I hadn't been feeling the greatest since Monday morning, but mostly becasue I had been going to bed super late. The day was going fine until about 2:00. All of the sudden, it was like the classroom was on fire! I was so hot that I thought I was going to pass out. But of course, what can I do about this? I have to just keep on teaching because the classes aren't going to teach themselves. I made it to the end of the day and headed down to the nurse's office. The nurse was gone, so the secretary took my temperature using this cool thermometer that you just swipe across the forehead. Neat! She looks at it and goes, "Uh oh!" and told me that I had a temperature of 100.2. Great, I thought, just great. I went back up to my classroom and made some sub plans so that if I felt crappy later that I could call in and get a sub. (BTW- thats one hard thing about being a teacher- you can't just call in sick when you are sick because school still goes on when you aren't there.)
By the time I was done making my sub plans I was freezing cold when just hours before I was roasting. It was then I knew that this "illness" was not getting better any time soon. I got home, fell asleep for a while, woke up and took my temp again. It was 102.3! This was getting bad, and fast! Thats when I decided that it was NOT a good idea to go to work and risk A.) getting sicker and B.) getting everyone else sick.
While it was nice to be able to stay home and rest, the looming thought in my mind was, "Will I have enough sick time left to do IVF again this spring?" IVF requires a lot of appointments which in turn means time off of work. This is my 3rd year at my job and this is the "critical" year because if I get renewed again, I will have tenure or non-probationary status. So, I really don't want to do anything to not get renewed. I have talked with both principals (I teach at two schools) and they are both very supportive of my decision to start a family. However, I still don't want to do anything to make them question hiring me on for the long haul.