Posts tagged night shifts
Posts tagged night shifts
The week of Doc Star working nights should be over within the next hour (just waiting to hear from him!). It’s not so fun getting home from work in the evenings and seeing him for a half hour before he goes to work, but at least I’m prepared for February where we’ll be doing that for a whole month.
I’m thrilled that he has this entire weekend off - our anniversary is Tuesday so we are definitely celebrating this weekend!
Well, I’m going to be honest…I don’t like Doc Star working nights. I go to bed when he leaves for the hospital, and then I leave for work when he gets home. This weekend I took a dog sitting job so I could have some company while Doc Star is working his shifts and sleeping during the day.
This is Leo, one of the 2 dogs I hung out with over the weekend.
While Doc Star was sleeping today, I got to enjoy my first pool day of the year with one of my best friends at her new apartment. Once he was up, we ate some leftovers and watched ESPN’s 30 for 30 the rest of the evening until he had to leave once again for the hospital at 9:30 pm. I’m glad we get to enjoy dinner together, but being on opposite schedules is interesting to say the least. I know his body is wondering why he’s making it sleep in the daytime and I’m sure tomorrow will be tough for him since he’ll force himself to be awake during the day. I’m hoping he’s not too jet-lagged during is last week of this sub-I.
On a side note, the Doc Star did awesome on his big test (I mean, he is a Doc Star), so we are definitely celebrating tomorrow night.
I can’t wait until 4th of July weekend - we both have it off, which didn’t happen last year, so hopefully we can do something relaxing and just enjoy having the time together before he starts his next rotation that following week.
I can count on one hand how many times in my life I have pulled an all-nighter. There were a few during elementary school sleepovers - just to see if I could. And there were a few in college, none of which were to stay up and study, but rather those due to the time change when I was studying abroad in Austria ( i.e the night we stayed up to watch the Super Bowl, which started at midnight in Vienna). Otherwise, like most people, I enjoy a full night’s rest and don’t function too well off of little or no sleep.
That’s why it always amazes me when Doc Star has these crazy 24-35 hour shifts. He had one of those on Father’s Day, which was a bummer since he had to miss a little family get-together. He left the house at 6:30 Sunday morning and didn’t get done until 7 am on Monday. That meant he had just enough time to try to get some sleep before going back to the hospital at 6 pm for a short shift until 11 pm.
This whole week he’s going to have to switch his sleep clock back and forth. He works three evenings from 5 until about midnight, then has to switch over to overnights, and once he gets used to that, he’ll be back to the “normal” 12 hr day shift.
Needless to say, I’m astounded how he does it and how well he does it. It’s not that he has a choice or would prefer to do it this way, but he makes it work. He tells me he feels sorry for me since our schedules don’t align, but I can’t imagine working a shift that long. He’s the one who should get the pity party, but he never searches for it. He says it’s a good preparation for residency. I say it’s crazy. But there is some truth in what he says, and I suppose it’s not only preparing him for what’s to come in the next few years, but it’s also preparing me for the nights where he’ll be at the hospital and not sleeping next to me.