Good Mourning 


It is amazing how one single patient call at 3:45AM can render a whole night’s rest utterly useless. I will mourn that lost sleep all day.

Now where’s my dang coffee?!?!?!


75 thoughts on “Good Mourning 

  1. I was awakened sometime after 3, by horrendous booms, source unknown. (We all were.) I couldn’t fall right back to sleep and was frustrated to find that it was only 3:40 when I looked at the time. It will be a long day for me as well.

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  2. Lordy. I had a job once where I was on call 24/7 and it like as killed me. Some nights were fine, one night I got 7 pages (used the pager so the phone wouldn’t wake the family) and when it went off the seventh tome, I grabbed the pager and threw it against the wall as hard as I could. May it rest in pieces.I can empathize Victo. I don’t know if that is common for you, but I am sure you know that regular reduced or interrupted deep sleep results in the increase in free radicals in your blood – suspected precursors to cancer. I spent a lot of time pondering my life and actions before the cancer. Take care of yourself Victo. Doctors are notorious for not taking their own advice.

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  3. I used to get up at 4:00 to do some serious writing every day. I loved watching the day come into being. But if I am interrupted before 5 am now, I get cranky….. were you cranky today?…. you need a baba?…. hopefully a nice Zinfandel or merlot… 🙂

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  4. Sleep deprivation is no joke. Hopeful that you are on some kind of rotation and are not on call 24/7 ?? One of the huge benefits of retirement…the anytime nap. It makes up for those 4-5 am wake-ups, for no good reason at all. I used to fight it/worry about it. Now, in acceptance, I just go to bed earlier to compensate or enjoy that afternoon nap. Hang in there, Doc. It gets easier. Van

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  5. A week at a time isn’t so bad, but still, it is tough to function when you get interrupted in your sleep. I used to work for a domestic/sexual violence victim’s advocacy center and would have to be on call 1 week per month for the crisis line. The volunteers took the crisis line but if you were on call there was a chance you would have to speak to someone beyond what the volunteer could do, or even go pick someone up in the middle of the night and get them to shelter. We served 18 counties and there were only 5 employees at the time. Annnnd I was pregnant. I rarely had to take calls at night, but the thought that I MIGHT get a call made me really anxious. Sleeping at the shelter house when we had to rotate there was even worse. It was always in the back of my head that any of the women who had previously stayed there could have compromised the secret location and put us all in grave danger.

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  6. I hope the patient genuinely needed your help, Doc. And I hope you can catch up the next night, my friend. The snowball lack-of-sleep effect is what I hate the most. Can’t sleep because I’m overtired and thinking about it too much …

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      • When I worked at the big daily and had to review concerts, Doc, sometimes the adrenaline rush of making deadline for the morning edition kept my tossing and turning. And when I was sports editor on the night shift and tried to flop back to match the family on my off days .. that threw off my sleeping patterns. In other words, yup!

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