Am I wrong?
- Jan 24, 2007
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Just wondering how many of you have commuters in your office. SGU is damn near uncommutable, but I'm curious as to how viable commuting is with some of the more commutable offices.
Was that S.K.??
Yes it was...we miss his morning sermons!
He was an ordained Lutheran minister. Every morning when we walked in the door, he would drop what he was doing stand up and pass out a paper filled with scriptures, and messages of enlightenment!
If I can pry, what did he die from and how old was he? Was it health issues or accident? The reason I ask is because you said he worked the graveyard shift and the health risk with those hours interest me.
He was in his 40's. He was at home recovering from major surgery related to cancer. The Dr's had even told him he would be able to return to work but instead took a turn for the worse.
I have no doubt working the hours he was required to work contributed to his early demise. However he never called in sick and would push himself beyond limits at home running the kids around, his social work, etc.
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I am convinced night shift kills you. Lets see how long it takes me to find a day job out of aviation. On my mark...get set...
My workweek consists of two 7AM to 7PM day shifts followed by two 7PM to 7AM overnight shifts. Every week my body has to adjust to this and it takes 2 days to recover from this then do it all over again next week. Sleeping and eating schedules always in turmoil. I don't think this is sustainable for long without serious health consequences. The entire NOC follows this schedule which makes for an office with chronically exhausted people.
Just that horrible pain right under my lower right rib that would come and go until it just stayed.
Out of curiosity, how many in your office have lost their gall bladders? We have had over one dozen people lose their gall bladders here and only a few of them were due to gall stones. The rest of us...the organ just died. It took the doctors 6 months of hard hospital testing to find it in me because I did not follow the 4-F's of gall bladder patients, not one (Forty, Fat, Fertile and Female). Just that horrible pain right under my lower right rib that would come and go until it just stayed. Mis-diagnosed for a couple years....it sucked! I don't know if it is our environment, work schedule or what. There were smokers, non-smokers, men, women, heavy, thin, diet conscious, eat anything...quite baffling and highly unusual for so many in one office. The only one thing in common is work location.
Sounds like location to me. In 10 1/2 years of working in dispatch offices, I never knew anyone to have gall bladder problems.
What I worry about is how many years my crazy schedule is taking off my life expectancy. Plus, an NOC filled with chronically exhausted employees is not compatable with safety-sensitive job functions. It doesn't make sense to me.