Is my job killing me?
Thursday, June 07, 2012
There are multiple blessings involved in my job.
For 7 months now I've been working at Walgreens. They've been in business since the 1930's. I'm a "cashier" (a position I've done for many, many years) for the overnight shift (which I have never done before).
1. Since my air conditioning in my car doesn't work and I get sick in the heat, working the night shift has kept me out of the worst heat of the day.
2. I work every other week; allowing me 5 days off in a row to work on other things.
3. At night it's myself, a manager and the pharmacist. No micro managing.
4. I have steady hours; they never change.
5. I get every Sunday off--every other week I have to go straight from work to church and sometimes I'm just too tired to do so.
6. So far I like everyone I work with--they are good people with a heart to bless others.
1. I work 10 hour shifts with only 1 30 minute break.
2. I work 8 days in a row so by the time I get off I've put in 80 hours in 8 days.
3. I have not been successful at sleeping during the day and average about 4 hours, (if I'm lucky 6), in every 24 hour period during my work week.
4. It's a very active position--I'm not "cashiering" most of the night--which is also a blessing since standing in one place hurts worse than moving around.
5. I'm required to get up on stools/ladders, squat or sit on the floor, lift heavy objects, etc. Along with the hot flashes I'm constantly sweating and sometimes nauseated for over heating.
6. When I get off at 8am on Wednesday morning, I'm usually too tired to do anything. A case in point is yesterday. I tried to stay up so that I could get in a normal sleep pattern for my days off, but ended up falling asleep at 1pm and other than getting up for a couple of hours at one point, stayed asleep until 5am.
7. I'm in pain. All the time. Not pain such as some suffer, I'm not comparing myself to those with true health issues, but pain nonetheless. I have Achilles tendinitis in my right tendon. The arch in my left foot has hurt since last January. When I go to bed in the mornings I have pain from the sole of my foot all the way up to where my left leg joins the hips. The pain is so intense sometimes that I cannot sleep without taking ibuprofen.
8. Last night I got a "charley horse" in my right leg just turning over in bed. I've slept approximately 16 hours and my back is so sore and stiff that I can barely move.
9. I'm definitely feeling my age, and yet still counting my blessings!