Sick Again

Since I’ve been driving bus for the school it’s been one physical thing after another. I’ve had colds and such. I strained my left arm/shoulder at some point and that’s taken months to start recovering (because I can’t stop using it). The lousy driver’s seat is hell on my legs and ass for some reason. And gripping these plastic steering wheels aggravates the carpal tunnel issues with my hands, which made me give up any hope of playing guitar for a while. Then there’s just the utter wretchedness of having a biorhythm set for late nights and yet having to rise at 5:30 am. It’s a hard life.

Last week I caught a flu bug. As the flu goes it’s not a bad one. Mostly weakness with cough/sore throat, making it difficult to sleep. Like I need even less sleep, right? I am feeling mostly mended now but of course my wife has it now. And I insist that a stubborn bastard is to blame for this.

Early last week one of our bus drivers quit. He got his panties in a twist over the way a member of his family got disciplined by the school and said he was “hurt”. It was impulsive and childish but he wanted to hurt the school. So he took it out on his fellow bus drivers. I ended up taking his goddamn route and that’s where I caught the flu. So yeah, I’m just a little pissy about this.

My new kids are fine for the most part. It’s mostly middle school girls and while they’re loud they don’t act out the way boys do. I have a couple problem boys but I’m not going to discuss those kids on this page. The bus I drive is a gargantuan thing and it’s frustrating to turn it around in farm yards. But it is solely mine so I’m free to do what I want with it. The radio broke just as I took over and that’s a blessed relief. These kids want either top 40 pop or country. You can imagine how well I’d do with that tripe.

I had seven kids out sick on Friday. So I’ll be wiping the handrail with a bleach cleaner. The kids take turns opening the door and they will be wearing gloves if they want to even touch that thing. They’ll sing snatches of the musical they’re working on  -some adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin. They’ll bicker over little alliances and romances. They’ll watch out for each other because these girls know they need to have each other’s backs. And every morning we’ll drive into the dark, waiting for that late ND sunrise.

About jeroljohnson

I guess I'm the crying on the inside kind of clown
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One Response to Sick Again

  1. Hope you’re feeling better soon … germs carried by children are the strongest of all.

    I grew up on the longest bus route in our county. We once convinced a substitute driver that it would be much faster if he cut through a field via a prairie trail. The trail was quite obviously cut out by tractors and trucks, so it wasn’t as crazy as it sounds. “No, our driver does it all the time!” we lied. He believed us and we got stuck. It took hours for me to get home that night (I should have just walked the last three miles and I’d have been home sooner). It’s a valuable reminder to never believe anything said by a scrum of children who are conspiring together on a school bus.

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