May. 31st, 2017

robotech_master: (energy ball)

Didn't get much sleep last night. Usually the way it works is I sleep half the night, get up, watch a TV show with a friend, then go back to bed and sleep the rest. But I didn't get back to sleep again after the first half of the night. Just lay in bed tossing for 2 1/2 hours before finally giving it up as a bad job. I suppose tonight I'll take some benedryl again to knock myself out for the whole of the night. Maybe I'll go on benedryl solid for the next couple weeks, until and unless training becomes less stressful.

I think that has to be the reason for the sleeping problems. (More so than usual anyway.) Due to a weird confluence of factors, which are probably more than I should go into in a public post, the training for this job is being harder than usual. Effectively, we're being given a lot of information that's effectively meaningless without benefit of context, because the contextual part we should have been trained on first isn't available. And it's going to be even more delightful than usual on a half night's sleep, I just know it. At least work has strong coffee, so there is that.

On the bright side, I got a letter yesterday from the IRS, telling me that I (or the tax-prep program I used) hadn't done my tax calculations right, and as a result they were eliminating 2/3 of the tax debt I thought I owed from last year. That's a pretty big load off my mind. It's too bad it didn't cancel out the training stress and let me sleep.

I'd really like to see a doctor, get a sleep study, and see if that fixes things. But I don't think it's going to work to see a doctor as long as I'm on a strict 8:30 to 5 training schedule. Attendance is especially important during training, so I don't have much leeway to miss days until it's over—even for medical reasons. Maybe I'll check with my supervisor about it at work today.
robotech_master: (unicorn tree)
Well, it looks like I won't be seeing a doctor until July, when my Anthem benefits kick in. I did some checking around today to try to find some doctor taking my Obamacare insurance now but Anthem in July, but the only doctors taking new patients near where I live at home have a multi-month waiting list. Meanwhile, my previous doctor, near where I used to live, could still see me soon—except they don't take the Obamacare insurance, but they do take Anthem.

It's probably not worth the trouble of going through all the finding-a-new-doctor rigamarole when my old doctor has all my medical records on file, knows my history, and can see me once my insurance kicks in. (Well, assuming it's my old doctor I see. It's been a year or so since the last time I was able to see them, and they may not even work there anymore. But I'm sure someone will.) And they're not too far out of the way if I'm going to be downtown anyway.

Meanwhile, I'm going to see if I can get access to the gym at work. Not so sure I'm feeling up to starting an exercise program yet, but they apparently have one of those automatic blood pressure measuring chairs there, and it would be the most convenient possible way to track my pressure on a daily basis, as the doctor will undoubtedly want a good record so she can decide just how strong of blood pressure meds I need to be on to get it back under control.

And as an aside, why is it that I always get recruiters showing up with Anthem tech writing jobs after I've already committed to taking a lower-paying Anthem job of some other kind? It happened today, just as it happened a couple of years back when I took that data entry job. Of course I had to tell them that Anthem probably wouldn't take kindly to me turning right around and switching horses midstream like that. The extra money certainly would have been nice, though.

I think I'm going to see about cutting back on my caffeine intake for the next day or so, and see if that makes a difference to my sleeping habits. Meanwhile, I've just taken my Benadryls and feel them starting to kick in, so I'm going to go try to get a solid eight to ten hours of sleep before the morrow.

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