"Gonna be a long night, it's gonna be alright, on the night shift.
You found another home, I know you're not alone, on the night shift."
When we first got to Okinawa, Gene was thrown almost immediately into 12 hour night shifts after checking in to his new command. We were still in temporary lodging waiting for our housing assignment and it was pretty miserable. It was lonely, it was boring, and it was ridiculously difficult trying to stay quiet in a tiny hotel room so he could sleep during the day. We actually moved into our house during his two weeks of nights, and our household goods were delivered during that time period, too! It was a crazy & hectic time, but we got through it.
So, now that it's beginning again, I know we'll get through it once more, but gosh it just turns your life upside down. Seriously, the one thought that gets me through is "thank goodness we don't have kids in the mix, too!"
So, tonight, I will not be staying awake to greet him in the morning! I will try getting to sleep a little earlier and just waking up when he gets home to make up some breakfast/dinner. I don't know how regular shift workers do it- my hats off to them & their families completely!
Do you cycle through shift work?
Got any tips?