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Old 02-06-2009, 05:25 AM
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my husband's been working swing shift for several years now-I work different hours at Wal-Mart, usually the latest being till 8pm. He has to be to work at 11pm until 7am. His days/nights off are Wed and Thurs., mine vary but we try to do things together whenever possible-he'll get the day off if we have a family event to attend.
On his days off he'll handle things that I can't get too because I'm working.
So far it works out pretty well-but then we don't have kids to worry about for daycare, we just have to worry about transportation-like right now we're down to one vehicle again-so there are days when I'll be late to work because I have to wait for him to get home, but my bosses understand this and will work with me.
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:21 AM
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First, I was and am going to graduate school. I am either at work during the day or at school at night until 10pm. My husband was working shift work in a nearby state. Yes, you understand correctly. But, he was at least able to come to see me often. (He was 2 1/2 hours away) Now, he has been transferred to another state and I am stuck in TX finishing my master's degree. DH is only working days. The problem is that he isn't allowed to make cell phone calls while he is working. He gets off at 3:30pm. That is the time that I am usually seeing clients. By the time I get home, I have about 30 minutes to talk to him before I have to go back to school for classes. Therefore, we don't get to talk to each other as often as we used to. The only time and way we get to communicate is via email or on weekends. When and where we both can communicate. I won't get to see him again until Spring Break which starts March 16th. I will still have homework and some clients during that time. But, I won't have to work at school or attend classes.

We have both learned to text-message each other, something I thought I would NEVER do. But, it is something that he can do at work and the only way that we can communicate.

I just keep telling myself that this is only temporary.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:43 AM
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When I was working, I am retired now, I worked evenings, dh worked days. We only saw each other on Saterdays and Sunday morinings and one evening during the week. We did this for 8-1/2 years. We didn't have children to deal with so that probably made a difference. Working as a private nurse to one person may not last all that long. I would say take the job. The problem with getting children back and fourth will get worked out. Meals can be made in a crock pot or your dh can cook easy meals. Housework will get done, you will have time to spend as a family on dh's days off. You can text message or leave each other notes. Things have a way of working out.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:46 AM
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My DH worked third shift for years 12pm-8am but most days he was still there at 10am. We put dd1 in pm kindergarten so she would see him during the week and we made lunch our family meal. With doing Avon I was able to work after he went to bed when she went to school. Weekends He would keep to the same sleep schedule but stay up a little later and go to bed around 2-3pm so we would have more family time.

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