By Bill Peckham
My comment to Week One was wrong, the pay period is Sunday to Saturday, which means 36 hours for week one but those Sunday hours last week count towards this week's total of 60.5 (today's hours will count to next week). I can see down the road not wanting to work this many hours but right now I want them and I'm keeping up. I always think of overtime as going towards travel, the old formula was four hours of overtime to one day of travel. These days, I need to budget more for accommodations (I'm feeling my years) so now the formula should probably be five to one, thus I had 20 hours of OT so I have four days of travel banked.
My body has definately aged - !shock! Those first few shifts left me stiff and sore but it is getting easier. I started off the year and through the first week of working dialyzing in the evenings without heparin. A long story short, I slipped and fell on New Year's Eve day (I was sober), landing on my backside, which left an immense bruise and required the change in dialysis modality: shorter, faster, heparinless. Dialyzing in the evening, after working all day, is a hard schedule to maintain, there isn't any margin for something to take longer than expected, and something always takes longer than expected.
For the last couple of treatments I have been back to overnight, extended runs while I sleep, which is much easier on the schedule. Without having to fit in dialysis right after work, I now can address my current scheduling challenge: making time in the work week for iron repletion at the clinic and my monthly doctor's appointment. If I could just teleport from place to place it would be much less of a problem.