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Youngandfree Sun 03-Mar-19 11:12:39

Just for fun, in AIBU for traffic;what does an average go like for you?
Mine goes something like;
6.50 get up get dressed and ready for work.(clothes set out previous night)
7.10 wake up DC and get breakfast/finish my make up.
7.30 get and help DC dressed, teeth brushed, hair brushed etc.
7.50/8.00 finish lunches if necessary/put all necessary bags and lunches in the car, and sort out washing machine on a timer.
8.10/8.15(latest) leave house
8.20/8.25 drop DC to school/Montessori
8.25 go to work
9.00-2.40 work (I’m a teacher so these are my contact/school hours)
2.40-3.00/3.10 sort out some planning/photocopying etc
3.00/3.10 leave work
3.30/3.40 collect DC
3.50/4.00 home
4.00-5.30/6.00 this is our free time so it varies depending on day or weather , take DD to swim lesson/gymnastics/etc or light the fire and stay home or go to the park/visit friend/family for an hour. And also make dinner
5.30/6.00 dinner time
6.00-6.30 DC play for half hour
6.30 bath/get ready for bed. Listen to DD read.
7.00-7.15 bedtime
7.15....get all bags and lunches (most of) ready for the next day, set out clothes and uniforms for the next day.

My DH Works away for weeks at a time so this is a day when he is away.

Wordle Wed 06-Mar-19 17:22:16

I don’t understand how so many posters fit so much into 5 minute intervals.

‘18:00-18:05: have a bath, put a load of washing on, cook a chicken for 4 people, watch tv.

18:05: each chicken.’

OhTheRoses Tue 05-Mar-19 23:54:26

OK. So why did she need breast reduction surgery? I have a friend who needed this. 5'1", 7.5stone, J cups woth a 28 to 30 band. She literally had open weals on her shoulders, and debilitating back and shoulder pain. A young woman of 26. She was working and struggling. Was that not clinical need? If she couldn't work, she couldn't fund the NHS.

DD had a condition called a septate hymen. No chance of a smear test. Was she supposed to develop cancer symtoms before she got one. Conversation with GP went like this. "Hmm I could refer her but it will be low priority and may be cancelled". So you and your consultant think it's acceptable to "headfuck" a teenager, no matter the cancellation might hit a mock or an A'Level", no matter I might have cancelled board meetings impacting umpteen others. But as an ignorant member of the public who in your opinion hasn't paid a dime, that's ok is it?

At 5.30pm I went for a breath of air. At 9.45 I left work.

I very much hope you have enjoyed your long and restful evening probably pondering why my dd or those like her should be grateful for being messed about.

Oh, and lest you should be worried, Ramsay Healthcare did it. Your sweary consultant may do extra well paid hours for them in his own non NHS time. It cost £2253.27. In addition to the tax I and my DH have paid for 35 years - probably individually more than your consultant.

I'm glad your breast reduction patient put in a complaint. Her gigantic breasts may not kill her but they may disable her and render her unable to pay tax and fund the essential cancer treatments rquired by so many on your consultant's list.

Please do show him my post. I know it's hard but this particular ignoramous's jaw drops when my local trust has resources to spend on a 132 page E&D report but allows its nurses to call the men to their apts as Mr Bloggs whilst calling the women as Jane Bloggs.

The waste nd misuse of funds beggars belief.

arethereanyleftatall Tue 05-Mar-19 23:46:54

I hear you Mitzmoo. My sister, who also gives her heart and soul to the nhs, has had enough of giving her absolute all, and still many parents just want more, more, more. thanks

mitzmoo Tue 05-Mar-19 23:38:59

Your attitude sums up everything, everything, that is wrong about the NHS

Seriously?? I take my job very seriously and deal with cancer patients ever day - I am so very proud that my work ethic is recognised via appraisals and 99% patient feedback, not some random scum on a chat board smile

arethereanyleftatall Tue 05-Mar-19 23:38:11

0745 - dd2 wakes first, comes in for cuddle
0800 - all up for breakfast and dressed
0835 - walk to school for 0845
9-10 - housework
10-12 - work. (Swimming teacher)
12-1 - exercise. Usually Pilates/yoga
1-2 - lunch, often out with friends
2-3 - admin for life plus work admin
3-3.30walk to school to get kids, walk home
3.30-5 - make dinner, kids eat dinner, tidy up, relax, play
5-7 - dc do various activities, drive them about to these.
50% of evenings at 7pm - I go out to do my sports, other 50% dh does.
If I'm in - 7pm-9pm - kids stories/reading/cuddling

mitzmoo Tue 05-Mar-19 23:34:15

OhTheRoses Tue 05-Mar-19 06:29:41
mitzmoo ignorant people who don't give a dime to the NHS. With all due respect many if those "ignorant" people will pay tax and fund the NHS which is free only at the point of delivery.

The NHS is funded by the people for the people, including the ignorant ones - and some if them pay tax.

*Your attitude sums up everything, everything, that is wrong about the NHS. It's all the fault of the ignorant, sick morons. And you winder why people give you abuse - presumably your attitude just shines through to the ingrates taxpayers to whom your foul mouthed Consultant deigns to favour with his presence.8

My 'attitude' is to treat everyone with respect even if I don't get it back. My 'attitude' is to be pissed off with patients who don't give a damn about cancer patients taking priority - I tried to explain to a patient on the waiting list for breast reduction surgery that unfortunately I didn't have a date for her surgery - she put a complaint into PALS and I'm in no doubt she'll have been pandered to albeit her unreasonable expectations.

Mesoavocado Tue 05-Mar-19 23:19:26

0700 - up with DS for breakfast
0730 - shower for me
0745 - both get dressed etc
0800 - 2 min drive to drop at school
0900 - after sitting in mind numbing traffic to go 6 bloody miles finally get to work
0900-1700 - try to keep up with over 300 emails a day to try and help patients and clinicians and staff and colleagues and the government and families and cancer targets and waiting list targets etc
1700 - start and slow slog home
1800- home to make dinner
1830 - bath to get 10 mins peace
1900 - DS to bed for stories
1930-???? - mind numbing TV and internet on phone and messaging friends

Five days a week

Tw1nsetAndPearls Tue 05-Mar-19 22:57:24

Obviously not 4 hours a week. But during the week I have 4 hours a night.

Anothertempusername Tue 05-Mar-19 22:25:50

@OhTheRoses hear hear. @mitzmoo sorry we might die 🤷🏻‍♀️ hate to think we're inconveniencing your 9-5 job.

Any junior doctors or nurses working 17 hour shifts want to tell us about their day?

Also @mitzmoo could you let me know what hospital you're at so I know not to be ill near there?

buzzbobbly Tue 05-Mar-19 07:04:53

mitzmoo 0650 - in bath and make up/hair (please these people who can be showered and ready in 15 mins tell me your secret!)

1. Get out of bed and directly into shower. Shower only takes a couple of mins.
2. Put on dressing gown straight out of shower.
3. Do quick makeup (powder, eyeliner, mascara).
4. Shove product in wet hair.
5. Return to bedroom and put clothes on that I laid out night before (body now dry enough).
6. Feed cats and leave house. Dry hair in car on way to work.

Job done. I got in the shower as the 5.30 news was starting on the radio, and pulled up at the office (40miles away) exactly 1hr later.

OhTheRoses Tue 05-Mar-19 06:29:41

mitzmoo ignorant people who don't give a dime to the NHS. With all due respect many if those "ignorant" people will pay tax and fund the NHS which is free only at the point of delivery.

The NHS is funded by the people for the people, including the ignorant ones - and some if them pay tax.

Your attitude sums up everything, everything, that is wrong about the NHS. It's all the fault of the ignorant, sick morons. And you winder why people give you abuse - presumably your attitude just shines through to the ingrates taxpayers to whom your foul mouthed Consultant deigns to favour with his presence.

Meandwinealone Tue 05-Mar-19 01:01:55

4 hours a week

Tw1nsetAndPearls Tue 05-Mar-19 00:35:19

* When do you people working those ways get to enjoy exercise to stay healthy? Catch up with loved ones over a relaxed family dinner? Actually do DIY or volunteer to help a neighbor or go to a library or just LIVE a life? Or (shock horror) manage to get in a proper 8 hrs of sleep!!*

I do most of those things and actually tend to have more outside interests than many people who work fewer hours than me. I do however live on about 4 hours of sleep during the week. I could sleep more but that would mean no hobbies, volunteering, interests or family time.

Pinkprincess1978 Mon 04-Mar-19 23:29:10

Wow that's not how it is in our schools (I work in admin for a MAT).

Typical day for me

6.30 alarm, lay in bed on FB/netmums etc for anywhere between 10 and 20 mins (depends on if I had a shower the night before), do hair and make up and get dressed.
7.00 DH and I will between us didn't time shouting up to kids, using Alexa, going up in person to get them up.
7.15 I go down and make up kids lunches and have breakfast, badger kids more to get up etc
7.45 if it's DH's day to take kids in I leave for work if not I do some house work
8.00 leave with kids (if it's my day) and drive across town to drop kids a short walk from their school (we drop them at 8.15 and it's about a 20 mins stroll to their school)
8.30 arrive at work.
11.30 start eating lunch at desk but continue to work.
3.30 notice it's noisy as school children are leaving
4.00 notice it's quiet as staff have started to leave
5.30 leave work to collect kids from after school club (if it's dhs turn I usually stay at work till at least 6/6.30)
6.15 arrive home, do some house work, start tea
(Some nights DH does tea it we have something very easy and I get my lap top out and work while watching tv)
7.00 eat
7.30 clear up (DH and kids usually gone up living room)
Go to living room to watch tv.
9.00 send kids to bed
9.30 tell kids to stop fighting and they should have been in bed at 9.00
10.00 turn off Lap top if I've been working go to bed and hear dd has tv on so go and tell her off
Watched tv till11 then go to sleep.

It's a late night tonight at its dh's bday tomorrow so he has the day off. I'm going to regret not going to bed tomorrow 😂

Most weeks I work 45-50 hours a week. Thankfully my DH is great a doing his share of child collections (actually he does more than his share) which enables me to work more hours. Just wish he did more house work.

FoodieToo Mon 04-Mar-19 23:10:02

My earlier post should say' dreadful' !

FoodieToo Mon 04-Mar-19 23:06:10

Good for you ! I love it . It's so nice being able to really interact with the kids as opposed to try to manage a whole class !

Youngandfree Mon 04-Mar-19 23:02:02

@FoodieToo 💕💕💕I’m moving to learning support next year!! 🙌 can’t wait!!

FoodieToo Mon 04-Mar-19 22:58:32

I teach in Ireland too and LOVE my job. I am working in learning support at the moment so it's even nicer and more or less stress free.
I earn 69k euro ( teaching 25 years ).

I leave work at 2.30 every day and am home having picked up my kids by 3pm. Cannot understand what is going on with teaching in the UK. It's dreadul !

mitzmoo Mon 04-Mar-19 22:39:37

0630 - alarm goes off
0650 - in bath and make up/hair (please these people who can be showered and ready in 15 mins tell me your secret!)

0655 - make son's breakfast
0700 - put a load of washing in, make beds
0710 - have breakfast
0730 - watch tv
0730 - leave for work
0800 - start work - answer urgent messages - patients admitted overnight and consultant has to attend
0830 - answer urgent emails from management such as 'this patient needs operated on by blah - I explain for the umteenth time there are not enough hours in the day, there is nowhere to fit the patient in and my consultant doesn't care one iota (with more colourful language) about targets - he decides on clinical need.

0900 - 1200 - transcribe urgent dictation, apologise to numerous patients why they don't have an op date, take a load of abuse, apologise, advise them to contact PALS

1200 -1300 - Check my theatre list - ask my consultant what order he wants - beg him to add an extra which won't go down well with the theatre staff

1300 - 1700 - book operations, book appointments, prioritise results (yes, we mere admin can actually learn what results are urgent or not and don't think we're doctors)

1730 - home and chill and wondering why I'm paid so little to put up with such ignorant people who expect everything for nothing and everything when they don't give a dime to the NHS

MrsPworkingmummy Mon 04-Mar-19 21:38:37

I'm also a teacher and my manic day is as follows:
- 6am get up
- breakfast as a family at 7am. Kids must be ready at this point.
- 7.30 leave house to drop kids off at school club and childminder by 8.
8.30 - arrive in work
Leave school anyway bet 3.30 and 5.30
Baby to bed between 6-7
Eldest to bed between 7 and 8.30

DelilahfromDenmark Mon 04-Mar-19 21:27:34

I would also agree the life of a teacher in Ireland is preferable to one in the UK. Several reasons, not just work/life balance. It pays better for one thing (looking at medians and averages). It is a profession that commands an awful lot of respect certainly compared to the UK. The entry requirements to the one teacher training college in Ireland are not far off those of medicine so the calibre of teachers tends to be quite high.

I’m not a teacher but my day goes something like this. 5 days per week.
DC wake me at 7
Snooze together until 720 ish.
7.20-8.20 make breakfast for DC and get myself and DC ready
8.20 leave house
8.30 drop DC at school
8.40 get tube to work
9.10 arrive at work
6pm leave work
6.30 ish arrive home (DH picks DC up from after school care at 6)
6.30-7.30 bedtime routine with DC
8pm supper
8-10 chill out/TV etc.
10pm ish bed

Obviously the above assumes I’m not travelling/at a work event/out with friends.

I have a pretty easy life.

letsghostdance Mon 04-Mar-19 20:58:28

@blessyourcottonsocks yep, I'm a primary teacher. I mark on the go while the kids are working, allows me to give feedback as they work. I mark their writing once a week after school, takes me about an hour. Everything else is as they're doing it.

Hiddenaspie1973 Mon 04-Mar-19 20:12:33

Up at 7.30.
Breakfast and packed lunch feed cat cuppa
Make up, teeth, lenses
Get bike out
8.00 dd leaves to walk to high school
8.25 i cycle to work, 2 miles away
8.40 park bike in secure area within work
900 start work. It's problem after problem after problem. But colleagues are great.
1500 leave work and cycle home
Arrive home 1520 dd arrives 1530
Snacks, drinks, dd tells me about her day.
We chill, then i start dinner.
I load dishwasher, we chill some more.
She's got a walking prob atm so our lovely walks are on the back burner for the foreseeable.
Evening we sit together chilling on our phones, we play online scrabble (she's good)!
Partner arrives home 6.30
Binge eat

She refuses to do clubs etc but I've said I'll support her if she changes her mind.

So nothing exciting here!

Amibeingnaive Mon 04-Mar-19 20:09:24

@Youngandfree I mean, it's not always like that.

Some days I work from home and then it's mostly google image searches of Channing Tatum, whilst eating mini cheddars in bed. I'm the lynch-pin of that organisation.

[Disclaimer: I do occasionally do some work/a little light parenting when I absolutely cannot avoid it]

Oblomov19 Mon 04-Mar-19 19:57:34

7.45 get up, shower, do make up, get Ds2 breakfast. Make Ds2 snack and me a lunch.
8.20 Ds2 and I walk to school, then I walk to work.
9-3 work.
3.15 collect Ds2 and walk home.
Slob about and mn for an hour or so, do dinner.

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