I've probably eaten more chocolate than I should have today, but it was necessary after last night at work. In my 10+ years of doing emergency work, I've found that the upper limit of a reasonable caseload is an average of one case per hour across a shift. It's rare, of course, that cases are spread out evenly over the course of a shift, but that average seems to be quite manageable, albeit busy at times.
My shifts are 15 hours, plus I often stay a bit past the end of my shift to take phone calls and finish up any lingering paperwork. Last night I got in a half hour early, as is my custom, and things were so busy that I started in almost immediately. Within 6 hours I'd seen 19 cases, with one more early morning case coming in before my shift ended. The scary thing is that it isn't even summer yet, and that's far and away busier than any other season. Not much got done on TSKP, but I was able to pick it up for a short while.
I came home to yummy blueberry pecan muffins that David made last night, then went to bed and slept hard all day. This evening I got up and made curried chickpeas and my first ever attempt at naan, which was tasty but just a bit more leavened than it should be. Then we watched Fellini's 8 1/2, and I did a few more rounds on the vest.
I was just reading Brooke T. Higgins's blog (after looking at her cute "Reid" pattern in the latest issue of knitty - a pattern I may need to make for my sister's girls). Anyway, she's propagating a Wikipedia meme, which I hadn't seen before and am now about to spread like an insidious virus (with apologies to JoVE). Go to Wikipedia and search for your birthdate (sans year), then list three interesting events, three people who were born, and three people who died on that date. So here goes:
On my birthday, April 2....
1792 - The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
1930 - Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
1956 - As the World Turns and The Edge of Night first aired on the CBS network in the United States, as the first half-hour serial dramas.
1805 - Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer (d. 1875)
1947 - Emmylou Harris, American singer
1965 - Rodney King, American victim of police brutality
1657 - Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1608)
1872 - Samuel Morse, American inventor (b. 1791)
2005 - Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)