That’s just it, Allegra–you don’t know about me.
My schedule is not flexible right now because I am working as much as ever in the hospital. Thankfully we are less busy because most of the elective surgeries and general physical exams are postponed for now. But today I still had plenty to do–there are still people who are having strokes, or falling down, or who have diabetic ulcers that flare up, or…well, the list is long!
And for the last several months, I’ve been taking care of my mother-in-law and father-in-law in the evening–making and taking a homemade supper and sitting it out for them on a table and eating with them, and then doing the dishes afterwards. My husband helps them with their bill-paying and other finances, and he does little chores for them around the house. It’s emotionally-draining–last night my mother-in-law, who has Alzheimers, forgot how to walk, and it took my husband a long time before he was able to help her get from the dinner table to the sofa, and my father-in-law was crying over her condition. (She used to be so intelligent and lively.)
And when I came home from work today, I found out that she hasn’t been able to get out of bed all day, and my school nurse sister-in-law was called to go over, but we’re not sure if she ever made it over there. She’s been in denial for a year now, insisting that her mother is fine and “just doesn’t want to do all the things everyone asks her to do–what’s wrong with that, hmm?!”
And the issue in question on this thread is NOT a pretty important concern to me personally, as my daughters are grown and working. My concern is for my co-workers, who have had a pretty rough time of it over the last month–work hard all day at a job that puts us in contact with the COVID-19 virus, and then head home to work for several more hours trying to teach when they are not trained in how to help their children learn, and the teachers–I’m not lying here!-- the teachers are NOT available in the evening hours to chat with online or otherwise.
I think they are all grateful that mandatory home-schooling is ended now. Thank goodness, because we just got the COVID tests in our lab, and once they are validated (which other techs were staying late to set up), we are up and running with our own testing rather than having to send it away to at least four different labs around the country. Not sure if doing the testing ourselves will be easier or harder, but it can’t be any worse than all the work we do on those send-outs.
So I’m out of the discussion about teachers. I agree with those who say that not much will change here as long as we have such a corrupt government. Hopefully anyone who is reading this thread will at least think really hard before making a decision to move to Northern Illinois.