When you are stuck in night shift you become very socially isolated. Your life revolves around sleeping and working. All you can think about when you’re at work is the soft bed you will be landing in at the end of the shift and when you wake up all you do is dread the moment you have to step out into the cold night to work. Your only light is the extended days off at the end of your run but when that is taken away from you, it’s like the world has shattered… and that’s what I felt last night when I found out that after 7 nights I will only have 2 days off (which is just enough to restore my sleep cycle) before I am sent out to work non stop again.
After moping around the Emergency Department for 15 minutes, I decided to quickly scrawl down a few things I am thankful for before I felt more miserable than I already was at 5 in the morning. Believe it or not it got me back to my senses and I felt a whole lot better :o) Sometimes you’re just working like a machine and you forget to sit down to appreciate what you actually have!
Things I love: finding pizza in the staff fridge (especially when you forgot to pack snacks! ; emails from my Boyfriend who is currently having an adventure in Wales (miss him); designing more advertisement material for a charity- I love how in this day and age we have so many outlets for design!; finally updating my Iphone and being able to use Instagram again (!)- Oh I miss snapping random daily photos!; snuggling up in a blanket after a long night; long phone calls with my sister- it’s been a while since we talked and it was nice to do the “girl phone thing” which I knew so well in my teens; talking about trash TV- lately The Voice and The Block have been my favourites; Googling and Pinterest(ing?) Mexico images- I definitely have Mexico on the brain; using hot shower time to “let go”; inspirational quote posters; flowers flower flowers! When I get my own place there will always be fresh flowers; Naruto (of course); the sign pictured above- I pass this sign on my way to work as it sits across from the hospital; having chats with the on call radiographer and finding out that we’re both Vietnamese, haha~ it was quite funny because we both don’t look it, my blog’s new look, do you like it? With the limitations of customising on WordPress.com I’m pretty chuffed with what I managed to do, and planning my annual leave- I have Mexico booked in, now for a few more places which I shall let you know as soon as I finalise! :D
So whenever you’re having a bad run and it seems to never end, pause, write a love list… it makes things a little more bearable :o)
In 5 months I’ll be exploring the colourful streets, having feasts and celebrating The Day of the Dead festival in Oaxaca, Mexico!
Markit is next Sunday however I won’t be able to make it because I’ll be working (sad face) so to compensate and procrastinate I did some window shopping of the goods which will be on sale. All the items are handmade and most are local.
Maybe it’s the growing desire to get a house these days that I am drawn more to homewares. It must be so exciting to start decorating your own house- though I can imagine the potential stresses as a result of my indecisiveness. I’ve always been about the neutral palette but nowadays I seem to move towards colour more…
It’s so nice to be back home! Night shift is worst than jetlag and I definitely slept off my sleep deficit this week. Besides catching up on sleep, I also caught up with friends, got back into design projects, ate good food and started brainstorming ideas for my 25th Birthday and my annual leave in October.
I was so excited to see a photo of the poster I designed for a charity event the other day. It was a project given to me on really short notice as it was a spontaneous charity event and I only had a night to do it, but I’m pretty happy with the results. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the event because I was working but I heard it was a great success and Golden Monkey is one of my favourite bars in Melbourne.
At 3 o’clock in the morning while working in the Emergency Department I made a decision of where I wanted to go for my annual leave. I’ve perused the internet, visited the travel agency, spoke to the agent, grabbed a handful of tour brochures (as I will be travelling solo again and the places I want to go to will be much easier in a group) and have been excitedly tabbing them. I will tell you more once things become more concrete :o)
It’s so fascinating to see a small business grow. It was my 21st Birthday and I was adamant to have cupcakes and the vendor I was keen on was unfortunately booked out that day so I scoured the internet and stumbled upon Cupcake Central, owned by the sweet Sheryl who met me half way with the cupcakes, free of charge! Since then her brand has expanded to a retro vibe with 3 stores (in great locations too!). I adore how they serve the milkshakes in glass jars!
Sometimes it’s so easy to be wondering what’s happening over there that you don’t realise all the stuff which is happening next to you. The other day my friends took me to brunch at an up and coming cafe literally few minutes from my house! I ordered the sweet corn and pumpkin fritters with poached eggs which was delicious!
I have two days left before I go back to night shift so I’m trying to enjoy the day as much as I can. Have a lovely weekend!
I’m so glad to be back in the daylight after a week of night shifts. Working in the Emergency Department in a rural town is very different to the city. There’s only me and another doctor (of my level) manning the department (and the other 200 patients in the hospital!) and we have very limited resources.
As 7am comes around, there’s a general sense of relief in the Emergency Department- just 1 and a half hours to go! Now to have all our fingers and toes crossed that nothing “serious” comes in. I’ve had 2 “Code Strokes” being wheeled in at 7:30am which has been interesting. By 8:30am I’m strolling in the crisp morning air to my little unit, as the world wakes up into action all I can think about is sleep.
When I get the chance I always duck into the staff room for a cup of tea, glass of water or if we’re lucky a plate of scones and jam or
“fresh” doughnuts. If I have a few minutes to spare, maybe I’ll peruse through the trashy magazine on the table… sometimes you just need to take a breather before stepping out into the department again.
My stomach definitely gets confused with the change in timing. I find myself craving both breakfast and dinner and sometimes combine the two. The other day I had a bowl of cereal then pasta before bed!
The best thing about nights is the days off you get afterwards! I have 6 days off and I’m back home in Melbourne to catch up with friends and family, finish design work, watch movies, plan my annual leave(!) and of course catch up on sleep!
What are your plans for the week?
I’m typing this blog post in a little unit, in a little town, 3 hours away from the city.
My Nephrology rotation has finished and I am now working in an Emergency Department in a rural hospital. My first shift is tonight (night shift!) and I am nervous, but it will be okay!
There’s always mixed emotions when you finish a rotation, you feel relieved that it is over but sad because you’ve made great friends with the staff on the ward and your Registrars and you’re starting to get used to how things run! And it all starts again!
Magazine covers are my favourite source of inspiration. Recently I discovered a site which showcased what magazines looked like a hundred years ago, instead of photography, covers were drawn, painted and printed and this inspired me to create my own covers. Here is my first magazine cover for a make-believe mag called “Rêve” (Dream). A magazine dedicated to the girl with flowers in her hair and loves spending time tie dying clothing or cooking vegan meals with her friends. Pages filled with DIY clothing, accessories and fun activities with your fellow flower power gals.