SuperJail Warden wrote:What do you do for a living? I used to be dead tired when I was a technician.
I work as a lab tech in a veterinary diagnostics laboratory, I run the machine that does the CBCs on the blood tubes. It's a lot of standing and walking for 8 hours, which can be hard sometimes but it balances out the fact that I had been doing nothing but sitting for 6 years in my previous position there, and I lost probably 40 lbs of weight in about 8 months from all the extra movement. Plus my prostate health got a lot better because I wasn't sitting all the time anymore either, no more excessive peeing which helped me sleep better.
fuck everything about that. I did it for a year and had to quit with nothing lined up to save my sanity.
There is somebody on day shift who is due to retire in December and I have significant seniority on night shift over everybody who isn't a supervisor, so I'd probably be first in line if I wanted to move to day shift. I was thinking about getting into a different position on night shift before I try for day shift so that I could negotiate some significantly higher base pay first before I lose the $3 an hour night shift differential. But everybody around me in every other department is miserable in their position and I'm not sure if I want to risk getting stuck in that shit an extended period of time before management decides to finally let me go to day shift.
So with that being said, I think I'm probably just going for the day shift position asap. I can't just wake up and do whatever whenever and be O.K. with being tired as fuck like so many of my coworkers. This is one of the things I used to argue so much about with my coworker ex because she didn't understand why I wasn't making the extra effort to try to live my life anyway even on night shift. It just kills my mental health whenever I get sleep-deprived and I can't enjoy life that way. I don't really make the money I want to but if I go to day shift soon, maybe I can at least have a social life again and not be constantly tired anymore.
Yeah man that's what did it for me, felt like all I was doing was waking up, going to work, getting home, trying to get to sleep, repeat. No social life, no time to go to the shops, can't get to the post office or anything. Too early when you finish to buy beer. Too late when you wake up to buy beer.
Yeah it is pretty much that. I actually do have plenty of time to go to most of the shops because I go to sleep in the afternoon around 2PM rather than in the morning right after I get home, but some days I'm just so exhausted, I still don't even feel like doing anything and my sleep schedule also completely rules out doing anything at night during the hours most people would still be awake. There was somebody who started nights the same time I did and was able to get to day shift a year and a half ago(after taking a pretty sizeable pay cut first), she says she feels like an entirely different person. I'm very much looking forward to that day for myself.