why it’s time to invest more into your health


On a recent Tuesday afternoon, I started feeling flushed and hot, but with chills. I turned up the thermostat and added layers of clothing but couldn’t get warm. My body temperature showed a slight fever, but other than that, I had no typical symptoms, nothing other than overwhelming fatigue. And I mean overwhelming, which gave me pause. Do I have COVID?

Thankfully, a series of tests was negative.

OK, so it’s not COVID and I have no congestion, sneezing, or coughing. But I don’t feel great. So, what do I do about teaching Wednesday? My schedule is to drive 60 miles to Hanover College, teach classes, interact with students and prospective students outside of class, do relentless catch-up work, read submitted papers, return phone calls, address numerous emails on the computer, then hopefully leave for home around 6:30 p.m. or so. I love every minute of it and in nearly 50 years of teaching, I have never canceled class due to illness.


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