Saturday, December 5, 2009

Black Hole

Ah, night shift, my old nemesis. I've been working 7pm-7:30am three or four days a week for five weeks now and all the symptoms of night-shift-sickness have come flooding back to me. I had blocked this particular affliction from my memory, but now it's come back in all its vivid glory. Symptoms include:
-feeling great at work, when around other people on the same schedule, but feeling "off" anywhere else
-body aches, nausea, dizziness, exhaustion
-extreme clumsiness with bruises to prove it
-the inability to complete a train of thought or express yourself
-feeling an overwhelming need to make lists because thoughts don't stay in your head for more than a second (two seconds, if you're lucky)
-mental confusion and losing your train of thought in the middle of a sentence
-forgetting basic things, such as your address
-forgetting everyday things such as the day of week, accomplishing a daily task, or forgetting what you were about to type...
-forgetting basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary
-the inability to carry on a normal conversation
-apologizing to anyone and everyone for your problems and your inability to adjust to a normal schedule on your days off
-did I mention body aches, dizziness, nausea, and exhaustion?

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