Gloomy day, feeling down

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deedah
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   Posted 4/24/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all!
So I returned to work last Wednesday after being on disability for a little over a month. Last week I worked 1st shift and this week I started working from 6:30 p.m. to like 3 a.m. It is really taking a toll on me. It is a huge adjustment especially after just returning. When I wake up I am really shaky and trembling, so I roll over and take my clonazopam right away. It helps, but on days like today when it is dark and gloomy outside, I feel like I am just sitting around the house waiting to go back to work. I feel depressed. My mom (my rock) and my boyfriend and every other person in their right mind work normal 1st shift hours and it just a weird feeling to be at work all hours of the night. I know it will take some getting used to, but I just need to post. Thanks for listening and being such a supportive family!
Much love,
Deb

stkitt
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   Posted 4/24/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   

We used to have a shift that was 3 PM to 3 AM and 3 AM to 3 PM.

We finally had to give it up as expecting people to work 12 hour shifts and come into work at 3 AM was pure torture for them.

Any chance you can get on a regular day shift so your body adjusts to a regular sleep pattern?

Good Luck and keep posting.
Hugs

Kitt 


 
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crying
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   Posted 4/24/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh wow Deb thats got to be hard on your body. Like Kitt said anyway you can change your shift?
It seem us people with anxiety like our lives to have some type of patteren and a lack of sleep and crazy hours
can really throw you off. I hope you feel better soon and you can change your shift.
Best wishes
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percycat
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   Posted 4/24/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Deb,

The tough work shift and the lack of daylight on your body are a combination that's sure to make you feel down. Having to shift your sleeping habits from one time of day to another, as you've just done, always takes a lot out of the body, and your sleep may not be as good when you first make that kind of switch. Definitely the lack of sunlight means your body isn't producing as much vitamin D for itself (wouldn't my junior high health teacher be proud that I remembered that?), and if I remember right, low vitamin D contributes to depression. D is something that, yes, you can supplement, but our bodies mostly make it for themselves, needing lots of natural light for the purpose. That's why some folks get seasonal depression. (Again, I think I'm remembering all of that right. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.)

I'm so glad you're back to work, though. That's a thing to be grateful for and proud of yourself about. Be patient with yourself, especially since you're newly back at it.

Hugs,
percycat

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   Posted 4/24/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Deb, you are being so brave, I know what shift work feels like (I used to do 11pm to 6am shift)...keep being strong and wonderful and please keep us up to date, kitt, percy and crying have given you some great advice.  Keep on being brave, keep posting and please let us know how you are sweetie.  :-)   
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deedah
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   Posted 4/25/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
As of right now I can not change my shift. Originally that is what I had signed on for and need to just slowly adjust to the change. Once I am there it is not that bad. People are very positive and have a good time. Although there are times that can be stressful (just like any other job, I guess.). I will keep you updated on the change, each day seems to get a little bit easier. I'm just glad I have this weekend off!! Thanks for all the support and advice.
<<HUGS>>
Deb

wen4003
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   Posted 4/25/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Deb, I can't imagine working that shift - what a strain on the body!  Since you can't change the shift, I hope you are getting as much sleep possible and even taking vitamins to help with your immune system.  We all know well how we can get sick easily when we are run down.  Keep posting when you can, we care and will support you.  ((((((((((HUGS))))))))))
 
Take care,
Wen

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deedah
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   Posted 4/26/2008 12:48 AM (GMT -7)   
well, each day is alittle better. It is a good thing that the people I work with are so happy and try to have a good time and joke around. It makes the day, or night I guess, go alot better. Plus I am learning alot of new things and my co-workers are so understanding. And as I have been saying at work, an ensure a day keeps the doctor away! BTW, I know I stated this awhile ago in past posts, but I graduated on March 6 (thats when the panic began) and am now a medical laboratory technician. I really enjoy what I am doing, although some nights are really busy and stressful. But it's okay. And when it becomes too much, I have a wonderful family I can come and vent to! Love you guys for that!
(((HUGS)))
Debi

deedah
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   Posted 4/26/2008 12:48 AM (GMT -7)   
well, each day is alittle better. It is a good thing that the people I work with are so happy and try to have a good time and joke around. It makes the day, or night I guess, go alot better. Plus I am learning alot of new things and my co-workers are so understanding. And as I have been saying at work, an ensure a day keeps the doctor away! BTW, I know I stated this awhile ago in past posts, but I graduated on March 6 (thats when the panic began) and am now a medical laboratory technician. I really enjoy what I am doing, although some nights are really busy and stressful. But it's okay. And when it becomes too much, I have a wonderful family I can come and vent to! Love you guys for that!
(((HUGS)))
Debi

percycat
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   Posted 4/26/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Deb,

I joined the forum after your graduation, so belated congratulations from me! You are a hero to those of us with health anxiety - hurray for lab techs!

percycat

Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/26/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Deb
YOU have come so far and I think you need to give yourself alot of credit for that
I remember when you posted about GRAD
Proud of you .........

I worked nights in Nursing home for many yrs ( about 5 plus) and I was good at it but with everything and everyone it is different

I dont feel anything but lonliness and gloom when I take my Valium and it is crappy out as well...you are not alone hun

DO keep us posted plz and you are doing a fantastic JOB.......Luvs..LYN
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stkitt
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   Posted 4/26/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Debi,

Cogratulations, you are doing great.  Anytime you start a new job it is stressful. Starting a new job is a major change in anyones life and is considered one of the major stressors we go through.  Give yourself plenty of kudos for a job well done.

I was told when I graduated and started my nursing career to give myself a year to get completely comfortable, I think after 6 months I was whizzing along but there were always new things that popped up to stress me as you will find.

Do the self talk thing, it got me through.  When I would feel afraid I would remind myself that I was a professional and I could do the job. So if I was a professional then I should act like one and put on my  nursing cap and get the duty taken care of.

This really worked well for me.

Congratulations...................lab techs are a nurses best friend.

Hugs

Kitt


 
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wen4003
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   Posted 4/26/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Debi,
 
Congrats on your graduation and your new job.  Both of these events are huge and you are managing them well.  I have faith that you will do great and am very happy that your co-workers are being so supportive and helpful to you.
 
Keep up the good work!!  Keep posting to let us know how you are doing.
 
Take care,
Wen

Co-Moderator Anxiety/Panic Disorders

Every little bit helps, please donate to HW if you can!   http://www.healingwell.com/donate 

I am in no way a medical professional, any advice given is purely on an amateur level.

Please seek professional advice from your doctor.

Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Essential Tremors, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea

Rx: Abilify, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin LA, Rozerem, Valium

“People have two ears and one mouth for a reason; you need to listen twice as much as you talk.”

Top Fuel pro - Bob Vandergriff, Jr

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