Yes. I worked a fill-in shift early Saturday (on twelve hours notice) and got tapped for a task no one in my department knew needed done as I was leaving at the end of that workday.
I was on the early shift Sunday and Monday, too, which meant I didn't sleep much; it disrupts my OTC pain meds and I keep waking up with severe headaches. Woken up by them, in fact, which is not nice.
Then the long swing back to days -- got home Monday utterly exhausted, fell into bed, woke up about five hours later and was so shaky and spacey I just ordered pizza and sat in front of the TV until I was sleepy enough to go back to bed. Of course, I kept waking up.
Tuesday, I was gradually made aware that my department -- me, personally -- had been "volunteered" to do some electrical work for another department (IT), apparently by yet a third one (Building Maintenance, who usually do all small electrical work other than power to the Engineering racks). And that it needed to be done that day. And I learned even that much by casual remarks from people who assumed someone else had told me, and much too late to sit down, plan the job, check what parts we had and buy whatever was needed. I had to hunt down the people placing the equipment and even they were kind of hazy on the details of their power requirements -- but oh, they needed it right now. Or maybe just some of it...
I worked nearly four hours over, getting the "some of it" done using salvaged and leftover parts and it's a funny thing, but those fellows who just had to have that work done that very day (including the manager of the IT department) all left, presumably for dinner, and never came back.
My trip home was a miracle of (fuzzy) mind over (sleepy) body and I was in bed by midnight. Only six hours of sleep but I only woke up once, so that's something.
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