These two walks are notable mostly for not really being walks. They were more reminiscent of a Sean Pennesque "Dead Man Walking".
Luck would have it that I have been able to get lots of hours this go around. Sunday and Monday both were consumed with double shifts; sixteen and a half hours on a locked unit. The term Nurses use is the "double back". This means you work a double shift, attempt to sleep a few hours, and then return again to work much too early the next day. The advantages are, of course, the money (seeing as we do still have labor laws, the second half of a double is quite lucrative).
The walks consisted of the early morning trudge from the Monastic Dorm to the Unit. And then at 11:00 pm, the trudge back to the Monastic Dorm.
To go from the working state to the sleep state within a few minutes is not something I have mastered. As I write this, I think I have had an average of four to five hours of sleep over the last five nights.
Normally I would be home now, but luck would continue to persist, so I picked up some more work. Dollars are in need right now, as Joni and I have made a decision which will costs us thousands and thousands of dollars. This will more than likely be a futile effort. But it is an effort that simply must be made.