1) Sleep deprivation
2) Sleep deprivation
3) Being awakened multiple times throughout the night for stupid calls, aka unnecessary sleep deprivation
Did I mention that I hate sleep deprivation? It used to be easier to deal with when I was 15 yrs younger but you never really get used to 'dealing' with it. I work a 24 hour shift with 48 hours off between shifts. When you have a bad night it'll take most of the next day off to recover so you've lost a day just to sleeping and dragging ass around your house. That's assuming that a family member or friend hasn't decided to have some sort of activity that you just HAVE to attend. There's a lot about being a paramedic that I love but the physical demands of the job are becoming increasingly difficult as I get older. I still have 12 years left before I can retire from EMS and get my county pension. 12 years is a long time...