Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What Night Shift Taught Me

I had to work a night shift Sunday. A whole 12 hour one. 

Luckily I got to work it with one of my best friends, Kay, who is also pregnant. She's two weeks ahead of me. Both of us are used to working days. We knew it was going to be interesting (horrible) from the moment we volunteered to do it.

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This is the only picture that I have of us...from almost 2 months ago. We have grown. 

Here's what I learned while on the night shift:

- I eat when I'm bored/tired and I would get fat if I worked nights all the time. We ordered pizza and each ate a whole entire large pizza on our own. Yes, I said large. Granted, it took all night, but still. We also had cookies and lots of candy. 

- Patients are nicer at night. They are asleep. ; )

- You can only sit in one chair for so long before your butt goes numb. 

- A hospital is pretty spooky at night. It makes the perfect scene for a scary Lifetime movie. 

- When the clock strikes 4 am, delirium sets in. 

All in all, it really wasn't that bad. I actually kind of liked it, which makes sense because I've always been a night owl. I even got off at 7 am and went shopping for a few hours, which was super nice because no one was in the stores yet. I got tons of Christmas shopping done. 

I'm back to days the rest of the week, but I'm totally up for working a night shift again.

On a side note, I'm looking for a few more bloggers/shops/businesses to join me for a huge group giveaway. Email me if you are interested...I'd love to have you!

PS: Don't forget to enter my giveaway from yesterday! 


24 comments:

Jenna said...

I also eat when I'm bored - our office is quite quiet right now and all I ever want to do is snack ;) Look at those cute little bellies!

xxx
Jenna

Rachel said...

My husband's a nurse and he worked night shift for the first year and a half we were married---I say we'll never do that again if we can avoid it! He was pretty much always tired...and it was frustrating to me to spend most of my newlywed life sleeping alone! But hey, you do what you have to for a job!

Kari said...

I give you props, mama!! There's no way I could stay up all night!!

PS Can we have another edition of your patients funny comments? Please please please! ;)

P!nky said...

Bless you for working the night shift and keeping patients healthy and safe.

I'd pass out in an extra bed ;)

Maggie said...

I am the same way with the eating when bored thing!

More power to you for the ability to work night shift. I'm more than certain I would do some damage during those hours if it was me.

It's such a good feeling to get Christmas shopping done. I'm almost there myself :)

Kay Sour said...

I have to disagree! It was awful! I was asleep and in bed by 9am! But you made it tolerable!

Samantha said...

Nope I couldn't do it, I am really bad about sleeping during the day. However I did have to learn after Amy was born lol

Alyssa said...

I just worked my first night shift last week! MY experience was the exact same as yours! I was doing so well until 4am and then I hit a wall....until I got off a few hours later! ;) I ate off and on all night long too and I had the same thought, "I could never do this all the time. I don't have the self control for it and would be so overweight." Hahaha!

Beth Ann said...

Haha! I worked night shift for 2 years. But we were just as busy at night as during the day and sometimes didn't get a chance to eat at all! ;( I used to be a night person, so I didn't mind it a whole lot - but did hate how your days off were useless due to having to sleep all day. Glad you had a buddy there with you - that makes all the difference!

Michaela said...

Don't know how you do it. I'm not as much of a night owl as you are!! :)

Sara @ Our Life Blog said...

way to go! i could never work a night shift! i eat when i am bored too...not good!

Anna said...

I agree 100% with all your night shift discoveries. and it's NOT that bad... but I still can't wait to get back to days. :)

Cori H. said...

I'm glad the night shift wasn't too rough on you! Sounds kinda fun actually! Emailing you about the group giveaway... I may want to get in on that!

BeckyJo606 said...

I am so impressed you worked night shift! I am usually in bed or at least making my way to bed every night around 9:30. I might lay in bed and read for awhile, but I am still there. I am also totally victim to eating when I'm bored. You should see my junk drawer at work--hot tamales are totally my weakness!!

Emily grapes said...

hahaha, I worked the night shift (10pm-6am) for a whole year, and I had to make sure I DIDN'T eat the whole time. And that I stayed awake too. ;)

But we would totally do what you did. Eat junk a lot of the nights, especially if I didn't bring a 'lunch'. And totally hear you on the 4am delirium!! That would be my wall and time would CREEP by after that.

((so...kinda thinking I might join your giveaway... email me what your details are and we'll talk.. ? :)
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Lauren said...

i think I would have to eat all night just to stay awake! & I'm sure that a hospital is pretty stinkin' scary overnight!

Kay Sour said...

Wow our bellies are so much bigger now! That's crazy!

Fran said...

Glad it wasn't too bad!

Angie said...

I always thought I'd enjoy night shift. I hate early mornings and love staying up late! Sounds like a perfect shift for me.

Good for you getting some shopping done. I SERIOUSLY have got to get busy and do mine. I just can't get in the mood this year for some reason.

Courtney B said...

I would stay up all night just to eat a whole pizza... sounds heavenly :)
E has to work nights sometimes and he hates it! (So do I, ha ha) It kills him being thrown off schedule... and makes him super ornery :)

Ashley said...

i would be 10 pounds skinnier if i didnt boredom eat!!

are you doing ad space for your giveaway? cause i'd totally be in? i lack the crafty gene so no store for me ;)

lori said...

my husband works night shift, and he actually eats a lot less... i on the other hand, would eat everything in sight. and a pizza sounds heavenly right now.

Jodi said...

I eat when I am bored too! I could never work the night shift. I can't function after a certain hour. Thankful for all of you who can!

Renee said...

Oh gosh girl!! I've been working nights in CA and just yesterday worked my first day back at UMC in over a year with a new charting system on top of that. It was a challenge! I like nights Bc I'm a night owl too but it really messes up your normal feeling. Ha. Annnnd I HAVE gotten fat on nights. All you do is eat!