One week ago, I began my alternating shift at the hospital. My shift will be changing daily until a replacement is hired for my former colleague. I am continuing to work my schedule at the store until the end of the month. At that time, I plan to work only at the hospital and hope to be able to manage my finances with only one job.
It hasn’t taken very long for me to realize that this new arrangement – the alternating shift and my retail schedule -is taking its toll on my physical and mental health.
I am exhausted and am also unhappy. I came home from the hospital last night at 7pm expecting only to relax at home for the evening. Within minutes after coming home, I began to feel queasy and I felt tingling throughout my body. I went to bed and slept for 12 hours and still feel tired but I have much house and yard work to do today before I start my shift at the store.
I hope I can make it through the end of the month at the store without ending up in the hospital – as a patient – but it doesn’t look very promising.