How to tell you've worked too many shifts in a row - page 2
You reprogram the telemetry monitors and now have Mario scrambling over the QRS complexes and hopping over the P waves for extra credit Your patient bradys down from a steady sinus tach to the 30's,... Read More
May 18, '09My sister and BIL came for Christmas, and they asked me why I'd put the hairspray in the fridge and there was a roll of christmas cookie dough on the sink in the hall bathroom. In my own defense, they were each in a small bag from my CVS/Food Lion stops....
May 19, '09When you go to get changed into uniform and wonder what shirt (if any) you're going to find under your jacket as you were still asleep when you got dressed.
I've done an entire ED nightshift in my sleep at the end of a run of nights - it was really busy too, I woke up exhausted!
May 19, '09When you finally manage to fall asleep only to wake up to DH laughing at you b/c you were asking him to "roll over so I can check your bottom"!
Or after a shift in the nursery, you are woken up from the cat clawing to get away from you b/c you were "burping" him in your sleep!
May 19, '09"...When you go to get changed into uniform and wonder what shirt (if any) you're going to find under your jacket as you were still asleep when you got dressed..." mree
Me too... but it's usually the bra that doesn't make it.Last edit by netglow on May 19, '09 : Reason: quote messed up
May 19, '09Reminds me of the old days, when I'd work four or five consecutive 12s (nocs) and wake up in the middle of the afternoon wondering where the hell I was. A & O x 3, I wasn't!
You know you've worked too many shifts in a row when you have to pry your sneakers off your feet with a crowbar.......
.........when your entire wardrobe is in the laundry basket and it's not even Sunday yet
.........when, during the course of a conversation, you fall asleep in mid-sentence and do a face-plant in your egg salad sandwich
.........when you wonder who the 80-year-old staring back at you from the mirror might be
..........when you look at the son whom you remember as being about nine years old, and ask "Hey, when did you start growing that soul patch?"
May 19, '09When you hallucinate black cats running across the road in front of your car and keep slamming on the brakes to avoid hitting them. Oh...and that fact that there seem to be a lot of black cats does not seem odd to you at all.
May 26, '09Your mother takes you on a cruise through the Mediterranian, and you get off the ship to see Michelanglo's David: the first thing that goes through your mind is "wow! he has massive edema in his feet and I could put a 14 gauge in that hand without a tournequet!"
Mom just laughed at me.....
May 28, '09Oh gawwwwd... I KNEW I'd over done it when I .... ewwwwww!!!!....... I actually crash-landed on my bed.... in my. Ugh! Talk about feeling contaminated when I woke up! Washed that bedding up PDQ...
I just remember stumbling to the bed and thank goodness I made it home safely. Never will do so many shifts (including noc's) in a row again!!!
May 28, '09When you are out walking you dog after your last shift, fall over in the snow and think "oh my God this feels so comfy".
When you wake up, sitting upright on your couch in your , catch yourself in the mirror and think, "hmm I don't look THAT bad".
When you can hardly remember the drive home.
When the nice police man who stops you thinking you are drunk, realizes you are exhausted, offers to secure your car and call you a cab (apparently I was nodding at a stop light).
I dated a guy once who used to think it was the height of rudeness when I fell asleep while he was talking (sometimes I fell asleep in the middle of my own sentences too). He also thought my habit of showering the minute I got home was weird -- if he only knew.
May 28, '09When you are woken up out of a semi-comatose sleep, see the hospital's number on the caller ID, and break into hysterical sobs....
May 29, '09You ponder haldol dart guns for the rowdy kids when they get loud while you're trying to sleep
May 29, '09Its always important to have days off. Working too many shifts can put your practice at risk and also the risk to your patients. As tempting as it is to work that extra 12 hours for a bit more cash - is simply not worth it at times.