December 23rd, 2003

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Edit from my last entry:
It was noticed that I have only 9 days this payperiod, so I was asked to pick up an extra night. I chose tonight, so I can still get three days off in a row after x-mas eve night.
Then I was informed that I was also put on call for two Saturdays in January. That's fine, because that's just extra money in the bank, as long as I have the weekend of the 9th off for my birthday weekend. Yup, I'm on call on the 3rd and the 17th, so I'm good.
Tonight wasn't a very good night. The machine hiccupped in the middle of one exam, and missed out on the better quality images because of that. Then, on my last patient, the I.V. blew, and I got contrast (dye) all over the place; everywhere except in the patient's blood stream. So I had to rescan her... that took 10 minutes of my time, resetting everything.
Well, I got a half hour of overtime, so whatever.
Tonight was also rough because most of my patients either wouldn't or couldn't hold still. Not good on a CAT scan... motion shows up a lot worse on C.T. than it does in regular diagnostic.
I'm worn out. I don't know how the other techs survived being at work for 32 hours at a time.
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When I left work this morning, one of the other CT techs was complaining how he had to work x-mas this year, and that he had worked it last year (this is how they found out I was only working 9 days this pay-period).
Technically, I'm working all three winter holidays... Thanksgiving, X-mas, and New Years. I work the eve's of X-mas and New Year, but most of my shift falls the next morning, so we get paid the holiday pay which is time and a half, plus holiday time accrued. That's basically double time and a half. That's like working at $75 per hour.
Now, even though I really can't stand our union, here's one of the perks they were able to bargain... if someone works all three of those holidays, the third one (new years) is major ch'ching. Some very nice bling bling can be bought for that! I'll be making over $100 per hour.