Let's start with a really good weekend. I only had to work one night shift. I am scheduled for one more this coming weekend but, hopefully, that will be the last. I have been training someone for the last couple of weekends and she is doing great! I am so glad they found her so quickly after I told them I couldn't do nights anymore.
I just realized that I haven't told you all this stuff yet. Now I know what to talk about.
My husband is a Type 1 Diabetic. He has been since he was about 18 months old. (His parents did a really good job with his health. He has no medical problems so far because of his diabetes.) He has had a lot of nights where is blood sugar drops super low and he has little seizures/convulsions. I ALWAYS wake up when he gets low, usually just before the seizures begin.
Over the last 9-12 months he hasn't had one episode, which is unusual. I think while he was younger, the hormones in him were so out of whack, it was harder to maintain consistent blood sugar levels. Well, with the weather getting warmer (temperature changes do make a difference with him) he had a low blood sugar episode about 3 weeks ago at around 1 am. As I was trying to get some sugar into him I started thinking. What if I had been at work? Nobody would know he was having a problem until I got home 5 HOURS LATER!
The next day I went to my boss and told her how sorry I was but I can not, under any circumstance, work nights. She told me she would find someone and I would just need to help train that person. She found someone two days later.
What's ironic is neither one of us, my husband or I, even thought about his diabetes once while making the decision to accept the new position. I am very glad that his low episode happened while I was home and not while I was gone.
So, I have one more night shift to work and then I am done, I think. I haven't seen the new schedule yet but, I can't see her scheduling me for anymore.