So, somewhere around here is a 'Not Doing Well' thread for when we're struggling or having a bad day and need to share or vent, and I thought it'd be good to also have one for when things are going well.
In my case, work switched me over to a 12-hour shift in mid-January, and I was having a real hard time with it. I had trouble getting out of bed or focusing on anything, my memory went to the dogs, and I started having more and more episodes of just plain not being able to comprehend what people were saying. I heard the words, I knew what they all meant, I just couldn't comprehend what they all meant when strung together, and I'd have to ask for help even figuring out what was being said. Also, I'd have a conversation with someone, and forget it as soon as it was over--not at all good, when the conversation was with a programmer who just told you how to fix a problem!
Well, at my last checkup with the neurologist, he said I couldn't work 12-hour shifts any more and sent me off with a note to that effect for work. After discussions with HR and my boss, we found a way to manage it--a new position in the department that would come with 8-hour shifts.
I started Monday, April 15th, and ... wow! I didn't realize just how much trouble the 12-hour shifts were causing me until I wasn't on them anymore. Part of that, I think, is because all I did was work, go home and pass out, then get up and go to work again. Even on my days off, I had more--and longer--sleep attacks than I ever had before. Heck, there was one day that I woke up, went out to the living room, sat down and fell asleep. Didn't wake up again until that evening, when I had a snack, sat back down, and fell asleep again--only to wake up about 3AM and, yes, go back to bed! It was pretty awful ... I mean, I don't take my meds on my days off, but I'd never had one like that before!
Now, though, on the 8-hour shifts, I go home and actually STAY AWAKE for a while! I can run errands on the way home if I need to, I can do chores when I get home ... heck, nevermind all that complicated stuff, the most exciting thing of all, right now, is I can actually have a coherent conversation when I get home! Rather than sitting there staring at my mother wondering what the heck she just said, and unable to even figure out how to tell her I don't understand, I can not only understand what she says but even respond coherently!
It's not all better, of course. I'm still tired all the time; the brain fog is still there; I still have problems with concentration, comprehension and memory ... but it's back to the level I was at when I was on the 8-hour shifts before. I knew the 12-hour shifts had made things worse, but I didn't comprehend just how much worse it was until I went back to 8s. Now, I look back at that 3 months on 12-hour shifts and wonder how I even managed to survive.
Definitely very glad to be back on 8-hour shifts. And now, I've babbled enough! So, someone else want to tell us all about your own good day?