The past week (from Monday to Monday), my husband was at the hospital/in lecture for 98 hours. That week was made up of night float Monday night through Friday morning (6p-8a), four hours of lecture on Wednesday (1p-5p), a 27-hour weekend call shift (6a Sat - 9a Sun), and a regular shift (5a-5p) on Monday. Oh, the joys of surgery.
That Wednesday lecture meant that my husband planned on going into the hospital at 6pm on Tuesday for night float, sleeping in a call room after his shift was over on Wednesday morning for four hours, attending lecture, then starting his Wednesday night shift at 6pm, and finally being home Thursday morning after 8am.
Remember how I sometimes overpack my husband's lunch cooler, because food is my love language? Here's what he took in for his 38 hours at the hospital/school.
|Asian pork & noodles, red beans & rice with asparagus, beef stew, baked oatmeal, a breakfast burrito, yogurt and granola, melon & grapes, an orange, a banana, a protein bar and some powdered caffeine.|
But when his resident heard that he had to be back at 1pm, he kindly sent my husband home at 6am after he was done rounding on Wednesday morning to sleep in a real bed. So what came home with him? The red beans & rice with asparagus, the beef stew, the yogurt and granola, the orange, the banana and the powdered caffeine. Ha!
In other night float news, a recent change to our bedroom decor has helped my husband sleep better during daylight hours. Normally, I chuck blankets haphazardly over the curtain rods to make it darker in our bedroom for his daytime sleeping. But, in an effort to reduce some of the heat lost out our windows this winter, I added some simple flannel panels to our bedroom windows.
|I attached them with sew-on velcro to the flannel, and sticky-back velcro to the frame, which is mildly ghetto, but it's okay. No one sees.|
Here's the difference it makes in the brightness of our bedroom:
Yeah. It's pretty much pitch black in there, no matter the time. It rocks.
So now, just one more Friday night call shift (from 6p-8a, after a regular day), and a Sunday day call shift (6a-9p) stand in the way of us being done with nights/call for THE YEAR, as there aren't any call shifts on family medicine, the next & final rotation of my husband's third year.
Now THAT is something to anticipate!