Thursday, 26 April 2012

30 Days of Grateful Blogging - Day 2

*YAWN*  Today my friends, I am grateful for sleep!!

I love my job.  I was born to be a nurse, among other things, of course.  But nursing is the one thing I know I am good at, and have worked very hard to make that so.  I would recommend nursing as a job to anyone who likes to be kept on their toes, loves blood and guts (which I do!) and who doesn't mind a challenge.  HOWEVER, I would not recommend it to anyone who likes to work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, does not cope well with lack of sleep and who can't live without their pumping social life.  Let's face it - shift work SUCKS!!

This week I have been on night shifts.  These in themselves aren't so bad.  It's usually 10.30pm through to about 7.30am.  I tend to do two or three in a row so my body catches up and gets in a routine.  This week however, I have done one on Monday, followed by a day off, a 5am start for ANZAC Day services, and then I'm back to night duty again tonight.  And my body does not love me for it!  

I am trying to be good, as I'm seven days post ovulation, and keep my caffeine intake to as low as possible.  My daily average though: 3 cups of tea, 2 coffees (iced or brewed) and a soft drink.  Not a great number really.  Oh well.  It's the only thing keeping me upright when I need to be at the moment.

BUT, last night I crawled into bed at 11.30pm, and didn't crawl out of it again until 2pm this afternoon!!  All that sleep I'd missed out on for the last four days had finally been caught up.  And I can't tell you how lovely I feel this afternoon!  I didn't wake with that hangover-style headache, that ache in my stomach from eating weird food in the middle of the night, or the yearning to go back to bed.   I feel awake!  I feel alive!!  And for that I am truly grateful.  Because in six hours, I will shower, put on my uniform and go back into work for the night.  Hurray for sleep!!

P.S.  Found this interesting little infographic on Pinterest today.  Thought you'd might like to take a squizz at it too.



  1. I have given you an award on my blog. I think nurses are wonderful. It is something I don't think I could do, I have so much admiration.

  2. love the infographic- makes me feel better about my diet coke obsession!! i gave up all caffeine at one point in our infertility journey and i swear i was not a very nice person!!