Do you remember the recent post in which I announced I would be switching from the overnight shift at my job back to a daytime shift?
Yeah, that didn’t happen. I guess that’s what I get for expecting my life to be predictable.
On the day I published that post, I switched back to my old schedule at work: working a daytime shift instead of an overnight one. The very next morning I received a phone call from my employer asking me to switch back to the overnight shift… at a completely different workplace.
Having just inverted my sleeping pattern completely, I was somewhat annoyed at having to invert it again after one day. I was also apprehensive about adjusting to a new workplace. It has taken me half a year to learn the ins and outs of the group home where I work, and I didn’t think I could possibly adapt to an unfamiliar workplace in just a few nights.
However, to paraphrase dear old Alfred Tennyson, mine not to make reply, mine not to reason why, mine but to do and die. I agreed to my employer’s request.
Having made such a fuss about my switch from overnight shifts back to daytime ones, I wanted to come clean on this blog and announce that I wasn’t switching after all. However, the two weeks that followed my move to the new workplace were… challenging, to put it euphemistically.
My new schedule is a strange mix of daytime and overnight shifts. (I want to smack whoever thought it was a good idea to put daytime and overnight shifts together in the same weekly schedule.) It has taken me a long time to figure out a healthy sleeping pattern.
In the meantime, sleep deprivation made work difficult and kept me from getting things done at home. I’m thankful to have had posts prepared in advance for this blog and grateful to Josh Hamm for his recent post, which spared me from writing one!
Adjusting to a new workplace turned out not to be so difficult after all, and things have finally gone back to normal… or whatever passes for normal in this weird, wonderful life of mine.
I’m not sure when I’ll be returning to my old schedule at my usual workplace. My employer told me it would be several weeks, but I’m not sure what to expect.
For the moment, I’m thankful simply to be awake, alive and highly caffeinated.
Tennyson is such a cheerful poet…