I don’t think I could have picked a more boring day to follow this year. I almost forgot about our yearly play by play. February snuck up on me. I still have partially written Christmas and Birthday posts that need to be published. Maybe this will get things rolling with the blog again.
Once again my Groundhog’s day starts out at work. I don’t typically work Thursday nights, but I had the opportunity to pick up an overtime shift and we could really use the money so here I am on a Thursday night working. I had hoped it would be an easy night, but unfortunately I had two difficult patients. I had them both set up and lights off on the studies by 11 pm, but since then I have been up and down, and back and forth to their rooms several times. Some studies you can just run. These both needed me to be very diligent watching them and making adjustments.
Most nights I take my break shortly after midnight, but tonight I knew I wasn’t going to be able to slip away. For the next couple of hours I focus on my studies, in between adjustments and trips to my patient’s rooms I some how manage to score two home sleep test.
By 2 am, both of my patients are asleep and relatively stable, so I take the opportunity to slip away for my break. We have a room set aside with a couch and some exercise equipment that the techs can use for breaks. I crash on the couch and set my alarm for a half hour.
After my quick nap I head back to my work station. My patients have been restless but still mostly stable. I need to leave on time in the morning so I need to stay on top of my scoring and paperwork.
I’m caught up on my staging. My patients are settled so I start to focus on scoring. I turn on Hulu and start watching old episodes of “er.” One of the advantages to this job is that you can watch things on your phone. But trust me we’re not sitting there watching TV. Mostly you need to pick something that you don’t have to necessarily watch. I usually pick shows I’ve seen before, or documentaries that have a lot of commentary. But when you’re sitting and staring at this all night you need some sort of background noise. (Image pulled from internet, not one of my current patients, neither of my studies were this pretty).
I spend the next couple of hours working on my studies. Both studies were very involved so I didn’t have a lot of down time. That’s can make the night go fast, but also make it exhausting.
One of my patient wakes up and calls out. They feels that they won’t be able to go back to sleep and wants to go. I double check to make sure we’ve collected enough study and then go about ended the study. I go in to disconnect them and they says that they slept better than they have in a long time. That somewhat makes my stressful night better.
I take the used equipment down to the cleaning room and start the belts soaking than return to my work station.
My second patient wakes up and sits on the edge of the bed, so I call in and tell them we’re going to end the study (we typically start getting people up at 5:30, so this is close enough). They aren’t quite as eager to get up and didn’t sleep as well as my other patient.
After disconnecting them I take the equipment to the cleaning room and set about cleaning all my equipment.
Both patients have left. I’ve cleaned all my equipment and returned it to the rooms. Now I just need to finish scoring my studies and completing the paperwork before I can go. I would like to leave as close to 7 as possible.
Completing my studies took a little long than expected. I punch out at 7:23 am and head home. On the drive home I swear I see a snowflake hit my windshield. Maybe snow today?
Arrive home. Love the short drive. Annelise stayed the night with the couple that we are living with. She’s dressed and finishing up breakfast when I arrive home. If we walk to school we need to leave at 7:30. Since we still have to brush teeth and fix her hair we’ll be driving this morning. But we still need to hurry, the late buzzer rings at 7:45 am.
We finish getting ready for school. When you’re running late this is the longest two minutes ever. I love that she has an electric tooth brush with a timer, but sometimes that two minutes seems soooo long.
Finally walking out the door.
Made it with two minutes to spare. There were definitely snowflakes swirling in the air at drop off. We decided that this would be a good day to go to the coffee shop after school (something we typically do on snowy days).
Annelise heads into school and I head home.
I take Kikapu out for her morning walk. It’s chilly so I put her jacket on. Typically we do an impersonation of the groundhog, but I promised Annelise we would wait until after school so she could be there.
After her walk I fixed myself a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast and then went up to get ready for bed.
I set my alarm for 2:00 pm, and then crawl into bed and read on my phone for awhile. I fall asleep sometime before 9 am.
I wake up before my alarm goes off. I need to leave to get Annelise by 2:10. Waking up a little early gives me time to get a shower before heading to the school.
I leave to walk up to the school. It’s about a 10 minute walk and takes me through our neighborhood and Grandin Village. I love walking through our little village to the school.
Possibly my favorite part of the day. Students that are “walkers” meet their parents on the playground. Everyday as soon as she sees me she runs to give me a hug.
If the weather is nice she’ll often play on the playground for awhile before we walk home, but today is chilly and she’s eager to get to the coffee shop.
It’s a short walk to the coffee shop. Where we get hot chocolate and chocolate chocolate chip muffins. We go to the coffee shop after school about once a week. Annelise loves to play the Scrabble Jr. game that they have there. She picks it every week.
After our snack we continued our walk home. It always takes awhile to get home because we have to avoid walking on cracks and occasionally stop to kick pine cones.
Once we’re home we take Kikapu out to do her impersonation of a groundhog. She definitely saw her shadow.
Annelise took her camera out and caught it on video. It’s very poor quality, but I thought it was cute.
After our groundhog reenactment we went inside and Annelise went upstairs to play and watch TV while I clean out her lunch box and review the notes in her communication folder.
4:00 pm (ish)
I head upstairs to the sitting room that Annelise and I have sort of taken over. Annelise is watching Llama Llama on Netflix. I talk with Kathy (our friend who has taken us in until we find our own place). We got through her stash of knitting, discuss projects we’ve started and haven’t finished.
Annelise sets up a puppet show in her room. She and Kathy give me a show about puppies that get lost in the store and are rescued by the PAW Patrol.
Then we go downstairs where there is more room so she can “dance.” (she’s pretending to be a dog).
I need to start supper, so Annelise asks if she can watch Llama Llama. I say sure and then send her upstairs telling her I’ll be right up to start Netflix. She heads upstairs and I can hear her playing so I “forget” to go up and start Netflix.
Annelise realizes that I haven’t come up to start Llama Llama so she comes down to get me. I never started supper and spent the last 25 minutes just sitting and relaxing. I go up and start Netflix and then head to the kitchen to start supper.
I get supper on the table. Pasta, peppers, garlic bread and apple slices.
After supper Annelise goes back to finish watching the episode of Llama Llama that supper interrupted while I clean up from our meal.
Exciting Friday night around here. I had thought about going out, but it’s cold and not worth delaying her bedtime, so we have a game night. One of our favorites is Hoot, Hoot, Owl.
We’re a little late getting ready for bed. I like to have her in bed with the lights out by 7 pm, but we’re just getting ready. After PJs, and teeth brushing we crawl into bed for a story. Annelise has been sleeping in my bed since before Christmas. She had been occasionally sleeping in my room when we needed her room for other guests, but around Christmas she just started sleeping there every night that I’m home. When I asked her why she says because my bed is so cozy and we can cuddle. I know that at 6 years old the cuddle days might not last much longer so I’m okay with it for now. She says that when we get our own house she’ll start sleeping in her own room.
Annelise is learning to read, so at night she now reads to me. For her birthday she got a beginner reader PAW Patrol book.
After reading, I lay down with her (another habit that we’ve started). We chat for a little bit and then I must have fallen asleep (another bad habit).
I wake up. Thankfully I was only asleep for less than half an hour, the other night I slept for 5 hours in my clothes before waking up. Annelise is quiet (I assume she’s asleep) so I slip out of the room. I grab my laptop and phone thinking I’ll get this post up yet tonight and head down to the sitting room.
I hear Annelise calling for me and head back to the bedroom. She’s upset and crying. One of her “boos” smells like sauce and its bothering her. At supper she had accidentally got pasta sauce on it. I had cleaned it off, but apparently the smell of pasta sauce was too much for her. She wanted me to wash it right then and get it back to her. I said tomorrow would have to be soon enough and if it was too bad to sleep with she’d have to use just one boo. Thankfully “holey boo” was okay (that’s the favorite). She was crying. I could tell she was very tired, but also very restless. This is unusual for her. Then I remembered the hot chocolate and double chocolate muffin. She has had very limited caffeine. She’s never had caffeine soda, and the most chocolate she gets is chocolate chips in cookies. She eventually settled down and I went back to the sitting room.
I check on Annelise. She’s sound asleep. And taking the entire bed.
I head back to the sitting room. I really don’t feel like doing anything. I work on a knitting project while watching old CSI reruns.
I keep drifting off. I’ve missed most of the current episode so I decide to call it a night and head to bed. I know that if I don’t get into bed soon, I’ll fall asleep in the chair and be there most of the night.
Another Groundhog day in the books.
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