Tuesday, 8 February 2011

I should be preparing for Ofsted ... but instead I am at home being ill

Shakespeare wrote in 'Hamlet' that:
'When sorrows come, they come not as single spies
But in battalions
This seems to be particularly relevant to me today.

I became unwell at work yesterday, and came home and then spent most of the day in bed. I awoke today feeling slightly better, but still too unwell to go to work. I have 'phoned the local medical centre for advice, and it appears that I am displaying the classic symptoms of Norovirus. Their advice is:
  • Stay at home
  • Take Paracetamol to relieve symptoms of any fever
  • Drink plenty of water to replace the fluids lost through diarrhoea and vomiting
  • To eat a light diet of foods that are easy to digest, such as soup, rice, pasta and bread
  • To reduce the risk of passing the virus by washing my hands regularly and staying at home until I am clear of symptoms for 48 hours
If I follow this advice, it looks like I will be 'confined to barracks' until at least Friday.

In normal circumstance, having a few days off would be great ... but they way I feel at the moment, I just want to get better as soon as possible.

In the meantime, I will write new blog entries if and when I feel well enough to do so.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.


  1. Bob

    Stay home, rest, get well. Don't even think about playing the brave soldier and going back into work before you're fully restored. They can manage without you while you recover.

    After all, it's not as if you're not still going to have Ofstead to look forward to, when they inevitably cancel this week's visit!

  2. Sounds like good advice, rest up, take care of yourself and get well. The rest of the world will still be there waiting.


  3. I hope you washed your hands before posting this blog entry.

    I've heard about those computer viruses.

  4. The sensible course of action...
    Take care
    PS; Eating loads of garlic helps me with fighting a cold/flu...and it would definately keep the OFSTED demons at bay ;-D

  5. Happy birthday for yesterday, Bob.

    Do not worry about the Ofsted inspection; your health is more important.
    I am sure that your colleagues' thoughts are with you (as are mine); after all, you would be just as concerned about them if they were ill.

  6. That sounds nasty. Focus on getting well again - OFSTED and the real world will keep.

  7. Rest up Bob. You'll need all your energy to cope with the myriad of post-ofsted claptrap that the management think is oh so important to show that you're acting upon the inspectors wise words.
    Get well soon.

  8. Keep in mind, Bob, that no one at work would thank you for giving them this virus . . . particularly the OFSTED examiners IF they contracted it.

    Take it easy, wash your hands and drink plenty of water (and other fluids) . . . and sleep as much as you can since that is the bodies main defensive time versus body injuries.

    -- Jeff

  9. Bob
    Take it easy,rest,recover - ofsted can get on with it themselves...
    best wishes

  10. Bob, Norovirus is an extremely nasty bug and is highly contagious. Forget about Ofstead and the school and concentrate on making sure you don't pass it to your immediate family, particularly the very young and elderly. I would seriously reccomend that you don't visit your father or father in law until at least 48 hours after it has passed.
    Get well, Brian

  11. Dear all,

    Thanks for all your advice and support.

    I have not gone to work; in fact, I have not been out of the house since I got home on Monday morning, and I have been following a strict regime of washing my hands and cleaning whatever I touch with antiseptic wipes. As a result, my wife does not seem to have come down with the virus.

    I have also managed to last just over twelve hours without any sickness and diarrhoea – which is one of the signs that I must now be on the mend – and I now only seem to ache in every joint and bone, have a very unpleasant headache, and feel very, very tired. With a bit of luck I should be feeling much better by tomorrow, and fully fit by Friday or Saturday.

    As Brian Carrick suggests, I will be avoiding contact with both my father and father-in-law this weekend, however much better I feel.

    It is ironic that although outbreaks of Norovirus often occur on cruise ships, and despite the number of cruises I have been on, I managed to ‘catch’ it in the UK.

    All the best,


  12. Ah. The UK.

    Worse than a cruiseship.

    Good to know.

  13. Gratuitous Saxon Violence,

    I must try that one on my Travel and Tourism students!

    'Come to the UK ... and get ill!'

    All the best,


  14. You undoubtably caught it fro "UK students" or their passed in work!
    Belated B'day wishes and good to hear you are on the mend.


  15. Brigadier Dundas,

    Thanks for your kind wishes.

    It is a nice thought that I might have caught it from one of my students; it would be a novelty for some of them to give me anything ... especially work!

    All the best,


  16. Geordie an Exiled FoG (and everyone else who has commented),

    I have been truly humbled by the support and good wishes I have received whilst I have been ill.

    I am now on the mend ... and have lots of ideas I want to write about (it is amazing how being ill can sometimes concentrate the mind's processes).

    All the best,