So, I guess the title says it all. I really wish I was at school with all of you. I know that you were all expecting me to return Monday after already missing most of a week with pneumonia, but I had to go and break my leg. Let me start the story from the beginning:
I was feeling better from the pneumonia and wasn't really coughing or having trouble breathing anymore. In my mind, I thought that if I was truely better and well enough to go to school, then I should be well enough to play hockey on Sunday night as well. I felt alright on the ice. On my third shift, I scored a nice short handed goal. On the face off right after, the puck went into their corner and I skated hard after it. Their defenceman hooked me as I passed him and I went down to the ice on my back and slid at full speed uncontrolled into the boards. My right leg broke my fall and I immediately knew something was wrong. I couldn't put any weight on it at all and it HURT! I went to the emergency room right away and they said I broke my fibula for sure and maybe did some other damage. They gave me a fancy air cast boot and some crutches and told me a doctor would call me. The doctor called me on Monday and I saw him Tuesday. He told me that I not only broke my fibula, but I also tore all of the ligaments that attach it to my ankle. I was immediately scheduled for surgery, where they would screw a plate into my bone on both ends so that the fibula could reconnect and heal itself. The surgery ended up happening while you were all on your field trip (sorry I missed that one). My big black boot has now been exchanged for a healing splint cast, which I will now have for 2 weeks. Then I get to switch to either a hard cast or a boot again for 4 more weeks. So 6 WEEKS where I can't put any weight on my foot. Ugh.
Right now I am in recovery mode. I can't lie, I am in a lot of pain. I am told it will fade and get better with time. If/When it hits a point where I am not constantly aching, I will return to the class, cast and all. I sadly can't set a date for that. I hope soon, but I really don't know. I know you are all being awesome for whoever is working with you while I'm gone. When I got my prescriptions filled, I had my wife pick up canvases for Father's Day art. I know it is the same as Mother's Day, but I had only been out of surgery for a few hours and my options were limited. I'm sure you will create something fantastic.
In the meantime, enjoy some pictures from my journey. My favourite is the picture Zack drew of me - it has a black boot! Lol. Feel free to leave comments or questions. I will check in and reply. I hope to see you all very soon
UPDATE: Pneumonia stinks! I slept in until 3:00pm today. I didn't want to. It is just what happened. Hopefully I have more energy tomorrow. When I am awake, I am quite bored doing pretty much next to nothing. I wish I was having fun teaching you all, but sadly "rest" is what I have to do. I am hoping to be back on Monday. In the mean time, be good for whomever is teaching you while I am gone.
Good luck to those at the track meet tomorrow! I am still sad that I can't go. It's the first district track meet I am missing in like 13 or 14 years. Do your best and have fun!
A fun day was had by Division 7 at the Walkathon this morning. Most of the class was able to run for the full hour (at various paces, with varying amounts of breaks). The cooler weather certainly helped, as many runners in the class made it over 30 laps! Some more than 40! As a reward for a great day, the class enjoyed popsicles just before recess! Thank you to the PAC and all of the parents volunteers who made this event (and all the other ones) such a huge success.
The iRide bicycle program will be running at Mackenzie next week. Our class has afternoon time slots for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the end of the day.
Bicycles and helmets are supplied, but if you have your own, they can be brought to school. Bicycles can be locked in the areas provided surrounding the school. Should bringing the bike be too difficult, bringing just a helmet is fine and a bike can be provided, or both can be provided if needed. Bikes must be locked in one of the racks outside of the school and cannot be stored in the school.
Waivers must be completed by all students to participate. The waiver must be completed online, or you will not be able to participate. You can find it here:
Under the iRide School tab, we are listed as Sir Alexander Mackenzie Elementary. After choosing the school, you would click register. From there, it will bring you to a log in page. You will need to click create an account This is free to do. Fill in your (parent) name, email address and a password and click create an account. From there, you will be able to log in and fill in a waiver for your child. I'm not a student, and therefore have not actually filled one out before myself, but if you run into any hiccups in the waiver process, please let me know in the comments for this post and I will try to help you out with a fast reply.
Hopefully we get some nice weather and have a fun week!
This Blog will provide updates on what is happening in the classroom, as well as a small peak into the life of the teacher outside of school.
Welcome Students and Parents of Division 7!
I hope that this will be a place where we can better open the lines of communication between myself, the students and the parents/guardians. I also hope to use this space as part of my general encouragement to use various forms of technology to help us learn in different and meaningful ways.