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'Wash your hands' signs not just for diner staff

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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2007 10:00 pm

Since August, I have been embarking on a new career of sorts. I agreed to teach two lecture courses at Delta College in culinary arts for the fall semester. This is my first attempt teaching long-term courses and I am finding it very interesting and very challenging at times. My biggest challenge has been finding the energy, motivation and time to put together the materials for the week's lecture while recovering from pneumonia.

Just before my long 10-day break around Labor Day, I noticed a tickle in my throat and not wanting to waste any of my break time, I scheduled a doctor's appointment that day. Needless to say I spent those 10 days and seven more in bed very sick. I was told it would take a good six to seven weeks to fully recover and they weren't kidding. My dear mother-in-law helped to take care of my toddler as well as me and she cleared my calendar of all commitments-including the News-Sentinel, and other appointments, so I wouldn't even be tempted to try and act like I wasn't sick.

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