Coffee . . . and Burnout ~ Writers’ Workshop and Wordful Wednesday

I haven’t linked up to Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop in a while, but two of her prompts this week were just nearly irresistible, so here I am.  1.) Why are you burned out? was just a little too easy.  Seriously.  I’ve been a nurse for over twenty-two years, have been with the same company, doing a very similar job, for the last nineteen, and am currently in the middle of a corporate buyout that would try the patience of a saint.  Burnout is old news.  But 3.) Ten reason you drink coffee – well, that’s something I can get enthusiastic about.

AND-A-ONE . . . This is my alarm clock:

Yes, that's 3:15 A.M, folks.

It’s set that way five days a week, and has been for at least fifteen years, maybe more.  I think at some point my day started later, but it wasn’t much later.  Only with coffee would this be possible.

AND-A-TWO . . . The coffee ritual is comforting.  The deep-voiced gurgle of the coffeemaker, the rich smell wafting down the hallway, the glug of the seasonally appropriate creamer being added to the cup (pumpkin now, gingerbread’s up next).

AND-A-THREE . . . Coffee is hot.  Hospitals are always freezing cold.  Unless they are as hot as saunas.  There’s no in-between.  But usually they are cold, and huddling over a hot cup of coffee warms me up.

AND-A-FOUR . . . Coffee fills my mouth so I can’t say what I think.  Have you ever noticed how honest you are in the middle of the night?  If someone asks you a question at 4:30 in the morning, do you think about it carefully and answer diplomatically?  No, you just give them an honest answer.  It’s how our brains are wired.  So when someone asks me a question before 6:00 a.m. I take a sip of coffee before answering.  That way I can’t say the first thing that pops into my mind  – I have time for diplomacy to kick in.

AND-A-FIVE . . . Having a cup of coffee in the hand is an excellent restraint system.  By this I mean that if someone – an on-call physician perhaps – were to tiptoe into the room where I am looking up labs on the computer at, say, 5:00 a.m., and scream loudly I would not slap the everlovin’ shit out of them.  Because, you see, that would cause my coffee to spill.  So I twitch, smile wryly, and pretend to be amused.  Then I assign him twice as much work as the other doctors rounding that day.

AND-A-SIX . . . Coffee explains everything.  If something someone just said to me makes absolutely no sense, I will say apologetically, “I’m so sorry, I haven’t had enough coffee today.  Could you say that again?”  They respond much better to this than, “WOW!  I think that was the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard!  Can you repeat it again so I can be sure?”.  And if I do snap at someone (and I try REALLY hard not to) “So sorry, I’m overcaffeinated” gets a much better response than “I have hit my limit on lazy/stupid/rude people for today”.

Yes, I know that’s just six, not ten, but I haven’t had enough coffee yet today.  (See how well that works?)  I wasn’t as wordy as I could have been, but since I know Amanda at Parenting By Dummies will totally be able to relate to this post I’m linking up to Wordful Wednesday – visit her and share the love!

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7 thoughts on “Coffee . . . and Burnout ~ Writers’ Workshop and Wordful Wednesday”

  1. Well done! I looked at her prompts this week and thought that I could probably do the one about coffee. My day doesn’t start anywhere near as early as yours, but whatever time it starts, coffee helps!

    1. I always look forward to Mama Kat’s prompts. There isn’t always something that speaks to me, but a few of my favorite posts have inspired by Writers’ Workshop!

  2. Liking the sixth reason as to why you love coffee – the reasoning is genius! I think I might have to do this prompt another time. I went for the poem about a smile – my daughter Alice – who causes me a lot of sleep deprived nights, but they are so worth it when she smiles 🙂

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