We have had a terrible week around here. Jake came down with a cold early in the week, and then passed it on to both me and Nate. It’s not a terrible cold, but it’s bad enough to make us feel crummy and tired and sneezy. It’s been hard for all of us to get up and moving all week long, and I struggled through each day at work.
My job is very communication-oriented. When people come to see me for a hearing test or for new hearing aids or help with their existing hearing aids, there is a lot of talking involved. It’s not just throwing them in a sound booth and pushing buttons. There is a history to take, and counseling to do. There is critical thinking involved. What is the patient telling me about their communication difficulty, and can I adjust their hearing aids to help them? When you’re off your game, it’s exhausting.
So I struggled through my week. And Jacob struggled through his as well. It was curriculum night at the Middle School on Thursday evening. We had eight minutes in each of Jake’s classes, with five minutes to change between them. We were very happy with his teachers and classrooms – his homeroom teacher, who is his primary teacher, covering Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies, is very energetic, dynamic, young, and male. I think we hit the lottery with that one. The band teacher is full of energy and excitement, and his science teacher is appropriately nerdy. Nate and I both came away very happy, but also a bit overwhelmed. Our feelings echoed those Jake had expressed earlier in the week. I knew he had been having a tough week, but had chalked it up to his cold. After curriculum night, I reevaluated a little bit. Yes, he is more tired than usual, and not feeling his best, but I have to acknowledge that the transition from elementary to middle school is difficult – maybe more difficult than I had anticipated.
We are taking this weekend to lie low and recuperate. Hopefully next week will be easier – or at least less sneezy.