It's my first year of permanent employment and so my first time working full-time over the holiday period. It's taking some getting used to.
  1. When I wake up in the morning, everyone is still asleep.
  2. I'm the one who goes to bed earlier than everyone else (even my parents!) because I've got work the next day.
  3. Facebook shows me all the fun stuff everyone does during the day.
  4. I don't feel festive and I want to feel festive.
  5. Lots of drunk drivers on the road.
    Less than ideal situation to be driving home from work, for example.
  6. I'm in a get-things-done mindset, but many of the services I need to sort out my own admin are on holiday.
  7. Calls are out of this world busy. No sleep no rest no pee no sleep.
    Just: dealing with everyone who's been beaten or stabbed or MVA'd into a pulp.
  8. Dealing with dumping syndrome
    Families who are tired of their chronically ill relatives find reason to drop them off at hospital. That's sad, and increases our work-load even more.
  9. Full hospitals
    We run at 100% occupancy and have patients sleeping in casualty for days before a bed in the ward opens up for them.
  10. Porters and cleaners and technicians are all on leave
    As if they aren't essential to the running of our hospital.
  11. Drug shortages
    Because deliveries are apparently also not an essential service.
  12. It's summer here
    I'm missing out on some wonderful sunny days.