Thursday, April 22, 2010

Of craziness and night shifts

Since I am a peace keeper, the only way for me to get my deliveries done will be during night shifts. I try to avoid conflict, especially with the midwifery students. However, this also translates into a whole day of no sleeping(or sleeping for 2-3hours). And unfortunately, as our roster is NOT designed for us to stay overnight, I usually will have clinics/tutorials the next morning. Hence, the constant need to drown myself with caffeine. I used to get palpitations with a small cup of nescafe. However, I have realised that coffee doesn't work very well with time.

Doing nights is fun as I have plenty of opportunities to learn and ask questions. However, this also means that I might not be at my perfect state of learning in the wee hours of the morning. There are also more spontanoeous delivery happening, that is if lady luck is on your side. I once went home at 1am just to find out the next morning that the lady gave birth at 2.45am. Night staff are usually friendlier too. And I get to be the crazy medical student who does not need sleep. Haha. Fun.

But the problem is I need to find things(other than studying) to do in order to fill up my free time. This is just because studying too early in the morning(or rather, too late at night) doesn't work for me.

The part I worry about the most is usually when I am driving. With my passable driving skills, driving home when I am sleep deprived does not stand me in good stead at all. However, I can't find a place for me to sleep anyway.

Despite the cons, I still think I will enjoy night shifts. Less time, more deliveries~


Bon said...

angel jiejie! ow medicine is a really tough course. take care k! i do think that u got to have enough rest, its not good to keep on with your not-enough-sleep schedule :(

Dr Yingzangel said...

haha....I have been sleeping during the day after I got off from my night shift. I am quite happy about the current arrangments. I have to do nights when I become a doctor anyway so might as well get used to it.haha

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