Friday, June 24, 2005

Shiftwork Sucks, But...

About a month ago, Kev took a different job in the plant. He's now off that awful, awful 3-2-2 shift. Still on shiftwork, though... I'm not sure what they call it, but I call it 7 & 2 with a twist. Basically he works a week of midnights, a week of days and a week of afternoons, all 8-hour shifts, except 2 weekends on (of 12's) and 2 off. The full shift cycle basically starts with a midnight on a Thursday. Like this:

M = Midnight, 11:30pm - 7:30am
M12 = Midnight-12, 7:30pm - 7:30am
D = Day, 7:30am - 3:30pm
D12 = Day-12, 7:30am - 7:30pm
A = Afternoon, 3:30pm - 11:30pm

Following the afternoon shift, there's a nice break (if he actually gets the days off... for example, he's working a day-12 this Sunday, and it's supposed to be at the start of his long break). Also, since it's a smaller crew in the building he's working in now, whenever someone wants to take vacation time, someone else has to work overtime to cover. But since it is primarily 8-hour shifts, getting stuck over means a 12-hour shift, not a 16-hour shift. On the 3-2-2, he got stuck on so many 16s, & that was really taking a toll on him.

Because of the need to cover shifts, Kev has less flexibility in taking off here and there to see the kids' sporting events. Like this weekend, he's missing the final day of Sam's baseball tournament, which if they win, could be a really great thing to have to miss...

Kev's been bitching about that quite a bit lately. After working on this new job for a few weeks, it has sunk in just how much he could (and will) miss out on... He'll still get to go to a lot, but he will definitely have to miss some things. But what he doesn't realize is how this new shift has already changed him. For the better. Shift work is difficult, ain't no 2 ways about it. It's hard and it sucks. Especially when you're getting closer and closer to age 50. But at least on this schedule, it allows some actual real sleep. Restful sleep. Kev is definitely acting, and looking, more like his old self. He seems younger, his face looks less haggard... my fun-loving, sweetheart of a man is back. The kids notice it, too. Thank God he's back. And, more importantly, Kev says he's feeling better, too; he feels healthy again.

This is so, so, SO much better than the 3-2-2.

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