...so I will be writing this post in 6 months.
Okay, so I haven't adjusted. But, I'm managing. As of this week (week 3) -- I'm finally able to sleep during the day after I've worked. Week one, I got like 5 hours of sleep for the 3 straight days. Not cool. And it was Christmas.
But, I think I've got it down. The hardest part for me is just sitting down when I'm not at work. When I'm at home, I am go-go-go. Seriously. I actually make a rule stating "I will not sit down until ___o'clock".
I tried to continue that lifestyle when I worked nights. It didn't work out so well. But....here's my little pro and con list I've made thus far
- I work nearly every Sunday this month (except the weekend my sister is here). If I were working days, that would mean my WHOLE Sunday would be ruined. However, now I get to go to church in the morning, spend time with Ryan in the afternoon, rest a little, and still get to have dinner with him before I leave for work at 6:30 pm
- The hospitalists and cardiologists don't tend to be around at night. (unless something terrible occurs
- I'm going to be honest and say....as a new-grad I am scared of doctors.
- I still feel like I know very little. (AKA..I feel like a dumbass)
- I eat healthier. I eat a bowl of oatmeal with fruit after work before I go to bed (at 8 am), I sleep until about 2-3 and have a light snack or fruit or veggies, and then eat a norma meal before going into work. During my 12 hour shift at night, I eat the same thing every night -- an apple, and some yogurt.
- There is a pay incentive.
- I miss my husband. I leave work when/before he gets home....and I get home after he's left for work. So if I work multiple days in a row (remember, I do 3 12's...) I may not see him for a few days. Yuck.
- When I'm not on my "work schedule" -- my biological clock is completely *effed* up. I have a tough time waking in the morning, and a really hard time falling asleep at night!
- Sleep deprivation caused me to get a cold, which turned into a sinus infection. Yuck. I hate taking antibiotics. Now, if I ever REALLY NEED those antibiotics -- I'll probably have developed resistanance to them. And then I'll probably just die......
- Yes, I'm drastic. I know. ;)
Every night when I go into work, I tell myself "I'm just puttin' in my time. I'm jsut puttin' in my time." --
Luckily, when I get to work, I'm happy as a clam b/c I love my job! So that makes it better. :)