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It’s 3:30 PM and I’m rushing around trying to get ready for work as my shift starts at 4. Toothbrush in my mouth, tying my hair up and slipping my shoes on at the same time..multi tasking really is possible. Grabbing my bag and shoving my supper and a couple of sweets in, I’m all set to go.
Good bye day shift people..Hello to working alone.
It’s month end so it’s a particularly busy shift. Automatically, month end means more money which equals to drunken brawls, MVAs, PVAs and many other incidents, which therefore equals to more bloody work for me. Literally bloody work.
I’ll spare you all the details..not everyone wants to hear about broken bones and bleeding brains.
A little after midnight I get home, wash up and change and fall into bed.
The next day my shift begins at 12 noon so I go to nap at about 9 PM.
You know that feeling you get when you’ve just fallen into a deep sleep and you have to wake up again? To go to work nonetheless…Just amazing.
Once again, I’m on my toes until about 4 AM, then I sit for a few moments until chaos ensues.
Why is it that at some point nothing will happen and then all of a sudden everything must happen? I can’t help but think of all those people warm in their beds, having happy dreams.
At 8 AM I am back home; I shower and drink tea and then attempt to fall asleep. Unfortunately my body is against sleeping during the day. I literally cannot sleep when the sun is out, when I know that it’s still daylight out there. I cannot even sleep nowadays until the early hours of morning. Hello there insomnia, my new friend. One cetirizine an evening works as a cure when necessary. (DISCLAIMER: Use only if prescribed by an actual doctor, jussayin’).
Coming back to the topic..I have survived for longer than 24 hours without sleep. Now I believe that anything is possible!
If you ever want to venture into a sector of health care services where you’ll be a shift worker..meaning, you work all and any shifts, then say goodbye to a normal life, normal sleeping patterns and friends who aren’t in health sciences. They’ll hardly ever understand why you can’t hang out all the time or why you choose anatomy textbooks and coffee over shopping trips and coffee.
It’s a sacrifice that only you will understand. When you’re working in Ramdhaan..making Suhoor and Iftaar at the hospital..carrying suitcases under your eyes..sacrificing everything because you want to help people. Because no matter how much you complain, at the end of the day you do what you do because you love helping people. Although there will be days when you just want to burrow beneath your duvet with a ton of calorie inducing foods and wish you lived a normal life…there will also be days when a word of gratitude from a patient can make your day. And then you end up sticking it out because you get to do what you love and if you have the correct intention, then it can be a means of reward for you Insha Allah.
In the mean time, I’d love to hear your thoughts on careers in health care, or any other related or random thoughts…