Easter Delivery Driving Update

Man, I hate getting ill. Especially when it lasts so long.

I generally don’t get ill very often. Normally once or twice a year I think, but when I do get ill, it seems to hang around.

This time around it’s been a full three weeks. Sure this week I’ve no longer been bunged up and tired, but my phlegmy throat just won’t budge. I’ve been regularly waking up in the night in a coughing fit and nearly being sick because of the retching due to the phlegm in my throat.

I probably should’ve kept up my medicine taking a week a longer and it might’ve gone by now, but I stopped in the middle of last week thinking it had done it’s job.

Alas, not so.

I also don’t think my job has helped. Working nearly 12hrs every day, lifting and moving hundreds of parcels in dusty, wet and cold conditions probably hasn’t aided my recovery.

Anyway, it’s been another busy week delivery driving, not helped by the easter bank holiday weekend.

This week I’ve delivered and collected a total of 471 stops with a grand total of 843 parcels handled. I did this across 5 days working a total of 56 hrs.

So whilst it was less busy than last week, it wasn’t in the sense that for 2 days we had issues in the depot with the trailers being unloaded, which on those days made it manic in the mornings.

One day being yesterday. Having had Friday off due to it being a bank holiday, we were asked to go in Saturday to make next week less manic.

Yeah, that didn’t work.

Someone in authority didn’t think it was necessary to book a truck driver to move the trailers on Saturday morning, so 2 of the 3 of them had to sit in the warehouse unloaded.

A few of us drivers helped the warehouse staff unload the only trailer we could get to, but this meant most of us only had half our normal days parcels to deliver.

Great. Monday being another bank holiday means Tuesday and the rest of the week is going to be fucking stupid.

Not only will most of us have the remaining Friday parcels to deliver, we’ll also have the Sunday and Monday parcels too.

This will be on top of the normal Tuesday busiest day of the week parcels.

So 3.5 days worth of parcels to deliver in 1 day.

Yeah, not happening. Which means they’ll be spread out through the rest of the week, meaning it’ll be a busy one that’s for sure.

Oh well, it is what it is.

No exercise outside of work related activity. But I’m going to start again with some bodyweight stuff tomorrow and see how my chest and lungs feel the day after, then try and get a couple of days of some light weight lifting in next week to ease myself back into it.

For now, I’ve got 2 days off to relax. As much as possible at home due to the shitty weather though.

Rum drinking, gardening, reading, listening to music, drinking rum, watching football, playing computer games, a farm visit to top up our raw milk and local meat stocks and lastly some more rum drinking if I can fit it in.

Yeah, that’ll do nicely.

Until next time…

WeeMike

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