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30 Hours Awake!

 

Have you been awake for 30 hours straight? Well, I just had my longest 30 hours. Here’s a recall of the last 30 hours before I finally slept last night…

 

09 Oct 0430pm. Woke up to prepare for my night shift. Started cooking dinner. Checked emails.

 

0630pm. Left the house to come to work. I usually walk my way to the hospital.

 

0645pm. Arrived in the unit.

0700pm. Received endorsement from the outgoing shift.

0730pm. Started a gruelling 12-hour shift. I had six patients:

 

1.  A diabetic patient who just had a right knee arthroscopy who complained of pain several times. I had to check his blood sugar twice during the shift.

2.  An old man with Bilateral Hydronephrosis with left and right nephrostomy tube. He was on a lot of pain also.

3.  A post left catheter nephrostomy insertion, also in pain.

4.  A comatose man on tracheostomy. Suctioned secretions. Turned to sides. Fed per PEG. Washed on bed early in the morning.

5.  A left lung sarcoma patient with amputated left leg. He has two chest tubes attached to suction. He complained of pain although he was already on Patient-controlled Analgesia (PCA). He also complained of inability to pass urine post foley’s cath removal during the day shift. I inserted another foley’s which needed a lot of convincing before it was done. I pushed him by the bed to the xray department in the morning.

6. A patient with an external fixator whose urinal gets full whenever I checked him out. He was on some IV antibiotics.

 

I had a very heavy non-stop night shift. I planned to take a 30-minute nap during my break, but I was not able to do that. I had my dinner break at 2am.

 

10 Oct 0700am. Endorsed to the next shift.

 

0730am. Left the hospital. Went to the nearby gift shop to buy some gift wrappers, only to find out the shop was still closed. Started walking to go home, till a nice guy with a car saw me and gave me a lift.

 

0800am. Home sweet home. Prepared breakfast. Grabbed TV remote to catch the morning show. Opened my laptop to answer emails.

 

0900am. Prepared to attend a baby dedication (same like christening, but this one’s for the Baptists). Can’t wrap the gift I previously bought from a mall. Decided to just place it in a nice plastic bag. Took a bath.

 

0945am. Picked up by the couple whose son will be dedicated.

1000am. Arrived at Palm Resort. There was a program for the 4th Anniversary of Lighthouse Baptist Mission in Al Ain and the dedication was included in the program. Was feeling so sleepy in between and my eyes was starting to give up.

 0230pm. Lunch at last. Food was nice. Met new friends.

 

0400pm. Picture taking. My contact lens were starting to dry up.

 

0500pm. Went home. Opened TV again. Checked emails again.

 

0600pm. Prepared to leave again for a scheduled 7pm dinner party. Took a quick shower. Changed to a another dress.

 

0645pm. Catched the bus going to town.

 

0725pm. Arrived at China Wall Chinese Restaurant for the dedication reception. Met new friends again. Was feeling high already, as if I took a drug! Nice food also! Ate a lot!

 

0900pm. Picture-taking beside the Dancing Fountain at the Park Square.

 

0930pm. Home at last. Cleaned self. Prepared to see a buddy who called me earlier to see him.

 

1000pm.  Night cap with Remyr and Miller at Miller’s flat. Remyr prepared some melon shake.

 

1015pm.  Went back to my own flat. Checked emails again.

 

1030pm.  Crashed on bed!

 

Whew! I could not imagine I was awake for 30 hours. I woke up this morning after an eight-hour sleep, but I was still feeling so sleepy. After I had breakfast and made some email updates, I crashed again on bed and slept for another 6 hours.

 

What happened was basically an abuse of one’s body. It was just that I couldn’t break previous commitments. I had fun with my new acquaintances though.

 

 The good news is, I have started recharging while writing this 🙂

 

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11 Responses to “30 Hours Awake!”


  1. 1 jems
    October 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    30 hours, grabe ka naman… pero mukhang nag enjoy ka naman sa mga kainan na pinuntahan mo… sabi nga nila… enjoy life to the fullest… 🙂

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  2. October 13, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    yaiikkss! napagod din ako sa pagbasa! hehe! nice pictures!

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  3. 3 diego
    October 13, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    nice pose there, bro…

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  4. October 14, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    entertaining 30 hours … 😀

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  5. 5 didith
    October 15, 2008 at 6:53 am

    pogi pa din kahit puyat! 🙂

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  6. 6 digitalcatharsis
    October 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    hi jems, marcus, diego, marc… thanks for always visiting!

    hi hon! miss u!

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  7. 7 suzzy
    October 17, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    well-documented 30 hours complete with pictures! ayos ka rin ha!

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  8. June 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Wow, even after a night shift you managed to attend celebrations! And with pics pa ah! Sana kaya ko din yan…

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  9. June 24, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    whoa! parang di ko na yata kaya yan hehehe! ang sweet ng sinabi ng wifey mo na pogi ka pa rin kahit puyat hehehe!

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  10. 10 kat
    June 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    ah! grabe…di ko yata kaya yon…nakuha mo pang ngumiti sa mga pictures mo hahaha…

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  11. June 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    grabe para ka na ngang naka drugs nyan! hehehe

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