I have a life/philosophical thing I’d like to get off my chest.
Yesterday morning after work I finally got around to telling my HR manager about the dermatitis forming on my hands. I gave her a note from my doctor which explained it. He believes it’s caused by coming in contact with something at work as I’ve found that every time I’ve finished my shift my hands become dry, which gets worse as the week goes by. As there are so many possible allergens in my work environment, we don’t know the exact cause, only that it happens at work (the most likely candidate is something in the cardboard or the ink used to label them). I’ve been given creams which work to treat the rash but once they’re used up the dermatitis returns. I think he told me that using creams in the long-term will have an adverse effect on me.
I also told her how working at night has been taking its toll on me. I’ve been working night-fill for eight months now. I don’t mind the job itself, it’s quite straightforward, & the people are fairly decent. My main problem with it is that it means I’m awake when everyone else is asleep or at university, & I’m asleep when people are at their freest & when social events are happening. I’ve tried different sleeping patterns & sleeping at different times in an effort to compensate for this but it hasn’t helped much & has only made it harder to wake up at night-time (if you have a hard time waking up in the morning, waking at night-time is even harder). The main reason I’m still living where I am, instead of moving on, is to improve my social skills & prove that I can find a group of friends on my own while still being around people who care about me. I’m finding out, more & more, that working at night is hindering me from doing this. I’m seriously considering quitting.