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NO! SLEEP! TIL! ((not brooklyn))

so… if you know me, you know my schedule is, well… I don’t even have words for what my schedule is…
regardless – – i do know, that i’m exhausted.
ALL.
THE.
TIME.
ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
… the time.

b/c – every six days, i have duty… no big deal you say… right, it’s not. i signed up for it yadi yada yada… blah blah blah.
what i didn’t sign up for, though, is to go over 24 hours without sleep…
i will give them credit, they changed our shifts. they used to be at least 24 hours, but more often than not, it was AT LEAST 32 hours.
and we could sleep at work.
if the section had the manning, and there weren’t trouble calls, and you could actually sleep at work…
i took to attempting to sleep in my car, but for awhile, sleep wasn’t possible due to manning issues and shit going wrong…
and then i finally did start getting between 2 to 4 hours of sleep… which really, just made me ill, so i stopped doing that… but then i couldn’t do it anymore, i had to get SOME sleep, so i was doing 3 to 4 hours, and while it was wreaking havoc on my body, i suppose it was less havoc than no sleep…
anyways, like i said, they changed our shifts. we don’t come in until 3:30 pm the day of duty, and we leave around 8:30 the next morning…
but. we can’t sleep.
well…
that’s fine and dandy… you can say what you like, we did anyways…
until this morning when people got caught sleeping and it wasn’t a pretty situation… ((it wasn’t JUST the fact they were sleeping, i’m told))
so now, there’s a big deal about not sleeping…
but here’s the thing
here’s my example that i’m giving out while discussing this with co-workers tonight.
for duty on friday:
you want me to work monday thru thursday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. ok – no big deal.
but – at the end of the day on thursday – i’m tired, just like i am at the end of every day. i need to go to bed…
granted i go to bed a LITTTTTTTLE bit later, but i’ve been up and running all day .. . i need sleep… i sleep in until 9 or 10 on friday … and then i just can’t sleep anymore, and more often than not – that sleep is disturbed and not solid, consistent sleep… but i get up and then do whatever it is i do throughout the day, and then go to work…
do you know how difficult it is to stay up until 9ish the next morning!?!?! not to mention – not safe, and not healthy??
we have to drive home after our shift. in traffic usually, and the bright morning sun…
with. no. sleep.
which has been proven to be just as bad as driving drunk.

also… we have six sections right now. we had four when we did shift work.. .but they claim we don’t have enough people to go back to four.
but.
um.
isn’t four less than six?!??
uhhh…
ummm…
oh.
ok.
seems legit.

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i think my guardian angel is bipolar

so i started my overnight shifts…

once upon a time, when i was young and full of energy (and thinner) i worked a night shift… waitressing..

from 8pm – 5am . . . and it was fun, and i could do it… and i even wore high heels…

this overnight shift… from 730pm to 8am… is not fun. and not active. and i’m old now…

last night was my first night… i was awake til about 530 am… i wanted to go to the gym around 6… but by the time 6 rolled around, i was dead on my feet…
i was afraid i would fall asleep on my drive home…
thankfully i didn’t. . . ((as made evident by the fact i’m still alive to write this blog ;-} ))
anyways, i thought i would fall right into bed and pass the f out.  for the entire day…

WRONG.

oh. so. wrong…
i did a couple things i needed to do before bed, and crawled in… and took a couple minutes to fall asleep… and then woke up in like 45 minutes.

WIDE A-FUCKING-WAKE

So i woke up husband… and said he should get up at a certain time for his interview… and i set his alarm…

annnnnd just laid there wide awake. i so wanted to sleep…
but i couldn’t…
so i laid there with my eyes open…
b/c they wouldn’t even stay closed…

pet kitten for awhile…
got up wandered around the house…

laid back down… husband got up and got ready…

i tried to sleep…

he left… i tried to sleep.

i got up, ate something really small… went outside b/c it was BEAUTIFUL outside… (75º today!!) sat on the porch for awhile… debated going running… but for some reason i didn’t…

laid back down…

husband came home… i got up and greeted him, he asked why i wasn’t sleeping — BECAUSE MY BODY HATES ME…

he laughed and said it very well might…

so i laid back down and tried to sleep again…

and then got back up… went back outside…

came back in, laid back down… read a little bit…

decided to put something over the window…

laid back down… got back up… laid back down… finally fell asleep.

for less than an hour. . .

got up. laid back down… tried closing my eyes… nothing working…

so i just got up… puttered around the house . . .

upset b/c i knew tonight was going to suck more than imaginable…

i was so exhausted the first few hours…

i had an amp energy drink though… and i’m a little more awake… but it’s not even 2am yet and i still have 5 hours to go… unless i go to the gym… and then i’m leaving at 6… but,  i don’t know if i’m going to be able to function that much…

time will tell…

goodness knows i have enough of it!!!

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