Has anyone ever got confused with what do when doing shift work and having to take medication. This is something that I still try to get my head round. As a student nurse and a care assistant I find it difficult to regulate my medications when working 12 hour shifts and night shift.
Working 12 hour shifts is not too bad. Morning medications and evening medications just get done slightly earlier before I leave and slightly later when I get back in from work. Although the though of doing 3 nebulsisrs when I get in from a long days work is not top of my list but it has too be done. It is a hard chore sometimes. Of course taking tablets is not an issue as these slide down with one gulp of water.
It is night shifts that bemuses me. I never know when to take my tablets. Do I take my night time tablets before starting a night shift and then my morning tablets when I come off night shift and go to bed or take night time ones. I never know what i should do and it is something that I always forget to ask when I see my consultant. I msut remember to ask him. I am fortunate that when have been working night shift my chest has been pretty stable and my medications regime has been lower and therefore alot of my tablets are the same both morning and night but it is things like my prednisilone and singulair (a tablet designed to be taken at night) that I am unsure of. The prednisilone has a tendancy to keep me awake so I never know do i miss a dose or take and extra dose when going on and off night shifts.
It is all so confusing soemtimes. The trials of medication and working shifts!!!