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My Health & Classroom Update

posted Apr 17, 2012, 10:02 PM by Mr Lebeiko   [ updated Apr 17, 2012, 10:02 PM ]
Students, Parents, Staff, and Friends,

First off, I will be out of the classroom for the remainder of the week.  Big thanks to Mr. Gerde, who will be my substitute.  Thanks also to Mrs. Foote for arranging all these sub days - in the past I've needed a day or two - but 5 days?  I've never been sick this long before in my life.

Well, the good news is I'm okay and in good spirits.  The bad news is I've developed a serious medical condition called DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis).  Basically, DVT occurs when blood clots uncontrollably in your leg.  To treat it, I have to take two blood thinners.  One is a pill, and the other an injection in my belly.  Additionally I need to have my blood monitored weekly, to make sure my blood is not clotting.  The real risk of DVT is that a blood clot breaks off, goes through your heart and becomes lodged in your lungs.  This is called a pulminary embolism, which can be fatal.  Since I detected the blood clots in my leg early, I'm not at a high risk for this, but I need to take it easy for the next few days.  I will be on medications for 3 to 6 months, so its by no means an quick fix. 

I know this will make some of you worry (my wife wants to walk me to the remote control and back), but please realize at this point I'm doing quite well.  I'm happy to accept all baked cookies, but I'm not sure my wife wants me to weigh 400 lbs.  You can help me most by really doing your best this week and not taking this as an opportunity to slack off on your studies.  Algebra 1 students, chapter 9 is a really challenging unit.  I'll try to post some videos on YouTube to help you.

Unfortunately, I'm still running a fever for a good portion of the day, and the doctors aren't sure why.  Thus, I'm not at full strength, and I can hardly walk at this point and time.  For those of you wondering, yes, this is a complication of my calf tear (Medial Gastroc, just above the Achilles).  I'm not sure how long it will take for a full recovery, but I expect to back in the classroom on Monday, April 23rd.  As I stated in my previous post, I will do my best to get your grades in on time for the 3rd quarter posting (Thursday at 3:00).  Until then please be patient.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers,
Mr. L
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