Saturday, November 22, 2014

New job!

After a year and a month of work as a casual X-ray Tech, I finally got a position. Yes, it's only temporary, but at least it's a step in the right direction. 

Guess what the job is.....lucky me, it's nights...ugh. It's a five on five off rotation which I'm totally stoked about having the five days off, but doing nights until May (that's when the temporary job ends) is going to definitely be a challenge. I tend to do okay with one or two nights here and there, but five, I'm either going to be a total zombie, or I'm going to be a cranky emotional mess. I can't say for sure which one it'll be for sure yet, only time will tell, heh!

If anyone has any coping methods for how they tolerate graveyard shifts, I'd love to hear them. Right now, when I get a random night shift here and there, I tend to just try to sleep in as late as possible the day before, and then I bring tons and tons of snacks for me to munch on during my shift in order to keep my energy up.  Probably not the healthiest coping method...

I've done my first set of five on this past week and so far I survived. The third night was the worse. I was a bit of a baby, being all needy and unreasonable with Mark. But overall, I think I did okay. I didn't make any major mistakes during any of my shifts, I was able to sleep most of the days for at least a few hours. And I was still able to even get a few things done around the house in the evenings, i.e. laundry, dishes, walking the dog, etc., as if I was a regular functional person.

I am totally stoked now to have my five days off but I find myself debating whether I should turn my sleep back to days, or keep my sleep schedule on night mode. What do you guys think?

That is all for today. I think I still need a bit more catch up on sleep before I am able to get some more passion-filled writing down on here.
Check back soon! 



  1. You can do it!! Repeat after me: it's only temporary, it's only temporary, it's only temporary... ;-)

  2. Haha! Yes, Miriam! I have learned that I can pretty much tolerate anything as long as I know there's an end date!
    Thanks for the support!

  3. Congratulations on your new job!! That is so exciting. Keep your eye on the prize - those 5 days off - as you're living the 5 days on! You can do it.

    1. Thanks so much! It's definitely a step in the right direction, just going to take a bit of work to get used to. The hardest part is just trying to sleep in late on my days on (I used to be a 7am person no matter what day of the week it was! lol, Not anymore!)