This is me when I come home after working night shift. I recently started staying with an elderly lady one night a week, for she is up a lot at night and doesn’t like being alone. She is very sweet and its been going well. I have been able to stay awake, and haven’t had any trouble driving a short 10 minute drive home at night. Its kind of cool being on the road when no one else is around. I may pass 1 or 2 cars on my way home and that’s it.
The dogs happily greet me at the door with their tails a wagging, wondering at this new schedule of mine, but adapting to it. The house is still dark and quiet as everyone is still in bed. I get home at about 4:15 am. I can still feel fairly awake as I go back to the bedroom, but as soon as my body hits the bed, its like a comatose feeling comes over me. My husband gets up around 4:30 and he kisses me bye and that’s the last thing I know before I enter dreamland. I then sleep for a few hours, before my body wakes up thinking it should be up for its daytime after all. Then I catch another nap or 2 during the day.
Tonight I leave in a little bit to go, and this will be the first time I worked 2 nights in a row, the one lady who was supposed to be there tonight had to call off. If my family thinks I am zombie like during the day after one night of not much sleep, I am not sure what tomorrow will be like. So I am just warning you all in advance. If “Friday’s Super Short Stories” seem a little crazy tomorrow, you will know why.
So for those planning to sleep tonight, grab a little shut eye for me as well and if you are awake tonight, know that you aren’t alone! I am with you in spirit!