Email to my students regarding substitute this week

Hey everyone,

I am sorry to report that I will not be at school on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week.  I am hoping to be back on Friday.  

Last Friday I had a 2 hour doctor appointment with my neurologist.  He worked very hard to determine what is going on with my health.  He believes I have Multiple Sclerosis, but because I am in the first year of the disease it is not showing completely in all of my tests.  But, the doctor said my symptoms match it perfectly.  So he is starting me on some therapy for the disease this week (mostly high dose steroid through an IV - which helps to suppress the disease flare I am currently experiencing).  He has also ordered 7 medical exams as well.  Crazy thing, the MRIs that I had also showed multiple fractures in my back.  He wants to investigate those as well.

Anyway, because of all of this, I've called in for a substitute Tue-Thur.  But, I have left for you two tremendous videos.  The first is about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.  I love this video and wish I could be there to watch it with you guys.  We will definitely discuss upon my return.  

On Wed/Thu you will watch "Engineering an Empire: DaVinci's World."  This is also an incredible video and should give you a great insight into the Renaissance world of Europe.  That is where our studies take us next - to Chapter 12 "Renaissance & Reformation."  The sub will also pass out target sheets to you tomorrow and I have already uploaded them to the website.

What I have been going through has been very, very hard.  Some of the tests they are putting me through have very strange and painful side effects.  Please know that your behavior and attitude with the substitute goes a long way towards making me feel better.  It really does.  I have told this substitute what I tell all of them, "I know you will have a great day because I have the best kids in AHS."  

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Friday - I have my fingers crossed!

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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