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Adventures in Sleep

Why Every Sleep Tech Should Take Time Off

Published January 11, 2012 4:19 PM by Penny Mehaffey
Happy New Year, everybody! I hope and trust we have all settled in to our post-holiday schedules, some of us with a big sigh of relief.  The extra busy part is over for me for but I am still full of anticipation.  I am excitedly waiting the return of my son, the airman, who will be home at the end of the month.  I can't wait!

Boy, my week has been a doosie. It all started yesterday. After a four-day weekend off, I returned to a bursting email inbox, a mountain of charts to score, and notes to sort through. But before I could tackle them, I was waylaid by amplifier issues and error messages. You know computer problems always take top priority.

I was able to tackle that and even get everything else done, and it occurred to me as I was crawling under the desk to unplug the amp, the cables, and the power supply that I was actually not hating this activity too much. Hm... I definitely need to plan more four day weekends off. That's a good New Year's resolution.

Today I arrived early to the lab to get a head start on scoring. What greeted me at my desk? A note about the same amplifier and the now failed study it caused. So, I went back under the counter for troubleshooting with tech support. 

Tech support is always very helpful and today was no exception, but the amplifier and hardware errors were not responding to the usual tricks. Every time we thought we had the problem corrected the error would start again.  I thought I was going to pull my hair out. Truth be told, what I really wanted to do was pull that #$@% off the counter and throw it in the floor...is that too honest?

Two and a half hours later and fifty trips back and forth and up and down with tech support, we determine the amp is bad...DUH.  (I know you were thinking it, so I might as well say it)  Now I have to go decide who to cancel for tonight and pray that my new amp makes it here in time for tomorrow night.

Excuse me, but I'll take another four day weekend now.

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