Hi everyone!!! I thought it would be fun to update you all on what I’ve been up to lately.
First of all… I only have a few more months of school left. I just completed my last clinical course and I just have my capstone project left, which is essentially working 5 weeks as a full-time nurse. I’m still waiting for my placement, but I have been told that it will be in the ICU, which I am stoked about!
So the last two years have gone by in a whirlwind. I can’t believe I’m almost done with my 3rd bachelor degree….. yes you read it right. Why? Don’t ask me… I ask myself every single day why I didn’t do it right the first time. Well back to the point I was getting to… This whole time of clinical and endless rotations I didn’t have to work the night shift. Well, finally it hit me for my last clinical in the ER. I was placed in a rural ER and it has been an awesome experience. I have thirteen random thoughts for you.
DISCLAIMER… I wrote this post in the middle of the night (on a night I wasn’t working but couldn’t sleep because my body is so off). Whatever I say cannot and will not be used in a court of law… especially against me, Janae.
Here are thirteen thoughts about working the night shift that I wanted to share with you all:
1- First and foremost I become a monster, no, not the angry irritable one, but I AM ALWAYS HUNGRY. I literally can snack all night and still feel hungry. Honestly, the Hungry Runner Girl has nothing on night shift Andrew. I thought about sharing what I ate my first night…. but as I started typing… I figured I’d save my embarrassment. Lets just say sourworms, sour straws, diet coke… etc etc. You get the point. Night= 8+ meals
2- Fun fact… I don’t like to sleep. My entire life, as far back as I can remember I have always dreaded the process of falling asleep. It usually takes me at least an hour or so, while on the other hand Janae falls asleep in under 3 seconds flat. She lies to me ALL THE TIME that she hasn’t fallen asleep when she has. Sometimes I trick her by telling her she has fallen asleep but she really hasn’t. I can be very convincing. Anyways… back to my original point, I can only sleep 4-5 hours after my shift and I find that I can be quite narcoleptic if lay down at all during the day.
3- This meme is SPOT ON, no other explanation needed:
4- I kept telling Janae that the night shift isn’t affecting me at all. I act all tough and feel like the schedule isn’t taking over my life and I came to a slap in the face realization that it is not considered normal to be running 7 miles on the treadmill at 2am. I guess that isn’t normal.
5- Those who are alive during the day, aka non-night-shift workers aka Janae and my kiddos, think I just nap all day;) Janae has said, jokingly, “It must feel nice to nap all day..” Brooke and Knox don’t understand why I would work at night and sleep during the day. It has become the joke of the house that dad likes to nap.
6- What do you do when you get bored and have no patients… you go on social media and then you get bored REAL QUICK. I forget that normal people aren’t alive and aren’t posting cool things at night for me to look at. I need to start following people who live on the other side of the world so I can be entertained. Any takers?
7- There is a time during the shift where everything becomes funny and slap happy and the next day I try to recreate the stories or tell them to Janae. It doesn’t work. Sometimes she just gives me a pity laugh… AKA her awkward laugh to humor me. By the way, I need to record her awkward laugh for you all. You will LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and it will make you feel awkward 100% of the time. Skye agrees with me:
8- Waking up doctors at night is a game of serious roulette. it can have some dire consequences. You have NO idea what is going to happen. Sometimes it is uneventful and others…. lets just say it’s not pretty. How they come onto the floor is a very good indicator of how the rest of your night is going to be. Word of advice, sometimes it can be safer for everyone involved to not wake a doctor.
9- Do NOT say the Q word. What is the Q word….. You didn’t hear it from me.. Quiet. Whenever this is said 98.76% of the time gets 167% busier… You don’t get the statistic… you aren’t supposed to. Just don’t say it… EVER
11- Don’t put your head down… you aren’t strong enough to stay awake.
12- DO NOT… I repeat DO NOT drink caffeine right before you leave home. There is this weird limbo of being deadly exhausted and wide awake. It’s like there is one brownie left in the pan and you and your wife both reach for it and you really want it but you know that she wants it too. There is no winning…. Do you get the analogy.. Good you weren’t suppose to. I think I might be in that mood right now.
13- I have grown to love working at night. All joking aside my body handles it okay but I sure miss my family. It is weird being on the opposite schedule as them and it makes me cherish more the time I have with them.
What was I thinking…. a 50 MILER? Am I going to die???? The most I have ever have run has been a marathon and my last marathon was during my Ironman back in 2012, since then I have been doing a few half marathons here and there. Here are some more random thoughts by Andrew:
-During our trail runs that have 1000s of feet of incline I think to myself, what the h#$#(* am I doing to myself? Then when I finish I have some weird sense of accomplishment. This training process has me up and down quite a bit.
– My family legit thinks I’m crazy and I’m going to die…. I hope they are wrong about me dying… I know I’m crazy.
– I’m constantly preparing myself to enter my pain cave during the race… I’m scared.
– I’m really nervous.
– Like really really nervous.
– I like the amount of food I can consume from all this running.
– I don’t think you get how nervous I am yet.
– This is going to be one heck of a challenge for me and it’s definitely putting me outside my comfort zone. It feels good to do something this crazy again.
– Janae is going to kick my butt… I have accepted it and know she is better than me in almost everything. it happens when you marry up. BUT…… Ask her how she isn’t the queen of air hockey anymore… that’s right I dethroned her.
– I’m stoked to be doing a goal/race together that we are working so hard for. This has really given us a lot of good memories already!
Have any of you worked the night shift? Or do you now? How does your body handle it?
Have any goals/races that make you really nervous?
Anyone else in school right now or anyone wanting to go back to school in the future?
Ever been running in the middle of the night?