Sunday, October 23, 2005

And the week goes on....

Night 2 of 7. Shifts are 9pm to 8am. Been good so far - relatively quiet, have seen a couple of interesting patients and got to assist with some brain surgery. Not every nightshift worker gets to say that!

Still trying to find the trick to nights - I've tried: sleeping for a few hours as soon as I get home / trying to stay awake then sleeping before my shift starts / getting caned the day before I start nights / getting caned the day I finish nights / a mixture of all of these. There is no reliable method for easily slipping in and out of the system.

It's a proven fact that messing around with circadian rhythms shortens lifespan (article). So hopefully I only have a year or two of this left.....

If you were given a million pounds, you'd be very happy. If you were told it was the only money you were ever going to get, you'd probably be a bit more careful in spending it. I want to treat time like that. I only have a million units of it to spend. Being at work at this time on a Sunday morning is a waste of that time, no matter how easy the shift is or how interesting the patients are.

2 comments:

abercrombie-cougar said...

huh, interesting way to think of time. but i like it. quite an insightful mind for being up constantly. :)

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

I think the cartoon is so poignant.