Last night was my fifth of ten night float shifts. I'm not sure whether night float has always been this bad and I've just blocked it from my mind, or whether this is a particularly rough rotation, but night float seems to be really beating me down this time. Mostly it's a matter of sleep. For multiple reasons - having to be awake during the day on the weekend, cats who have decided that 3 PM is wake up time, blackout fabric that refuses to stay on the windows - I haven't been able to get myself properly transitioned to a nighttime work schedule, and it's left me completely mentally wasted. And just to make life more fun, sleep deprivation triggers my migraines. Whereas I normally have two to four migraines per year, I've had four migraines in the past two weeks. There's nothing quite like trying to examine a patient when half of your visual field is knocked out by an aura.
So that's me and the reason why there's been a paucity of posts here lately. Hopefully I'll be back to more regular posting a week from now when night float is nothing more than a fading memory. Or maybe I'll be too busy basking in the sun to be writing blog posts - it's 20 degrees (70 F) here people! Usually we don't get weather like this until May. While I hate to think of the environmental implications of this gorgeous weather, I'm going to enjoy every minute of it.
On an unrelated note, I've been absolutely shocked and appalled recently by the efforts of many American politicians to suppress women's hard-fought rights to access birth control and safe abortion services. Physician Activist in Training has written a great post on the subject on her blog Diagnosing Chaos, and I urge you all to read her post and consider participating in the upcoming national protests. It's too important an issue to the safety and freedom of women to ignore.