I had never considered myself a ‘mouldy’ person but have discovered these holidays that this is essentially what I am. (We spell it mould in Australia – it’s the same as mold and I might inadvertently use the spellings interchangeably.)
One of my colleagues says holidays for teachers means time for ‘personal maintenance’. It is possible to see the doctor, get a hair cut and your eyes checked during the term, but so much easier to do during the holidays.
So I found myself last Thursday visiting my naturopath. She was having an “I told you so” moment but was thankfully too professional to actually say the words. I received my mould report from my microbiologist whom I wrote about in an earlier post. Basically our ceiling cavity is horrendous. I have never been up there, but it is making me sick. My naturopath was fascinated by the reports. She kept saying “It just makes sense with your allergies, your gene code and now the news about your house. Everything fits together.” She then mixed up a whole stack of herbal potions for me, which keep me functioning during term time (and cost a fortune) and I went on my way.
The herbal tonics helped a lot even within the first 24 hours. It would be fabulous if the government was able to subsidize them the way they do pharmaceutical drugs. Generally they don’t have the same nasty side effects. I also went out and bought an air purifier for our bedroom, as it has the highest mould levels in the house. The brochure for the air purifier came with an endorsement from none other than the microbiologist who had been crawling around in our roof cavity only a few weeks ago. The air purifier kicked up a fuss as hubby dusted our bedroom, flashing green and red as it dealt with greater levels of particles. I am wondering whether I can get one for my classroom at school. Just about everywhere at school makes me sneeze.
These holidays I have also been working on my latest assignment for my writing course. I have been learning that Government departments don’t like phone interviews, preferring me to email questions through to them. My hopes for my latest article seem to be changing by the minute. I’m still at the research stage, but just want it to be done.
So the plan for Term 2, which starts tomorrow is:
- get onto remediating the ceiling cavity
- getting rid of the mouldy carpet in our bedroom
- finishing my writing course by the end of July (so I have to keep going)
- try and stay healthy
- break in a new class of students to my approach to teaching and learning
- squeeze in some teaching
- fit in some family time
And to top this off, Term 2 is also when I turn 40!
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