ehowton (ehowton) wrote,
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A Week Without Sleep

1989: 13-hour days, 7 days straight, Cinco de Mayo festival, Keller, Texas
1992: 12-hour overnight shifts, rotating for 6 months, RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom
1993: 12-hour midnights, 7 days a week, for a month, MacDill AFB, Florida
1994: 16-hour days, 6 days straight, for two weeks, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
1995: 14-hour days, every other day, for two months, Osan AB, South Korea
1998: 16-hour days, two weeks each month, for a year, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

USS GEORGE WASHINGTON
USS JOHN C. STENNIS
USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
USS NIMITZ
USS KITTY HAWK
USS CORONADO
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
USS BOXER
CMSA HAWAII
CMSA NORFOLK
USS KITTY HAWK

1999: 12-hour overnight shifts, rotating for one year, Lewisville, Texas
2000: 24-hour single overnight shift, Greenville, Texas
2001: 12-hour overnight shifts, rotating for one year, McKinney, Texas
2002: 24-hour single overnight shift, McKinney, Texas
2007: 17-hour days, all week, this week, Saint Louis, Missouri

I had a pretty good run there between 2002, and today. This week has been a nightmare. The last time I slept more than 4 hours, was Sunday night. I went to work Monday morning like any other Monday. When I arrived home that evening, I rec'd a phone call. A virus outbreak was affecting computers nationwide. I was up until 0200 trying to get that handled. When I awoke, I survived on coffee, but the nightmare was over. A job well done. I was understandably tired, but unfortunately, I couldn't sleep based on caffeine intake and a skewed sleep schedule, so I was up until 0300. That's when a phone call got me out of bed at 0700, calling me to a conference call concerning a nationwide virus outbreak. I didn't understand...was this Monday night again? I spent 10 hours in my basement office, leaving only 5 times. My wife brought me clothes, coffee, scooby-snack, and food. The 5th time I left my office was to drive into work. I was up until 0100, but didn't get more than 4 hours of sleep. Yes, I'm still at work, yes, I'm still battling viruses, and in the middle of everything, we had a power outage due to 'high winds.' Tomorrow, we have a project scheduled from 2000-0100, after a full day of work, and a generator cut-over this weekend. galinda822 has offered to take my morning appointments to allow me some rest between today, (Thursday) and Saturday morning. The generator cut-over, a 24-hour project which will kick-off Saturday morning after we finish our Friday night project, will likely involve me throughout the weekend.

I want to die.
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