VP - you cannot call and ambulance for things like strep throat. You just can't, no matter what you think. That is tying up essential services for someone else that may really need it who might die without it. And I assure you, if paramedics heard you suggesting things like that, they'd be ****ed. You may have after hour doctors where you are, but I assure you - that just isn't the case for lots of people who don't live in cities.
Re feeling drunk. I have never felt drunk when tired. I feel tired when I am tired. Am I the only one who feels totally different to being drunk when tired? Personally for me, feeling drunk feels far more fun that being tired.
I think there is a difference between tiredness and fatigue, I think the lines get blurred between the two and I think it is probably common to think you are tired when you are actually fatigued.
I've driven once where I felt I was too tired/fatigued. I never have done it again because it was really scary. I didn't fall asleep or anything, but I just knew that my response times were impacted and had to drive with the window down etc.
I drive tired every day though, I've been tired for about 4.5 years straight. There really is no way around that. In a perfect world we would all have great support networks so we wouldn't have to do things like driving when tired. But the reality is we don't have those networks, and life goes on regardless.
When I'm really sleep deprived as opposed to just deprived I feel very much like I would the day after drinking ( when I assume alcohol is still in your system )
I know for me that when I've had to do an emergency room dash adrenalin seems to kick in & I am WIDE awake.
I think you can be exhausted and even tired, without being mentally impaired... I'm a single parent so not a day has gone by since DS was born that I haven't driven I think, even though I've been exhausted at times. I was getting up 3-4 times a night to BF, yet although i was so tired for so many months, I never actually felt like my brain was impaired, my mind was still working, I had my wits about me. I certainly didn't feel like I feel after only one drink (even just one wine effects me slightly) When i know i should not drive. The two are vastly different to me.
I think it's very individual. You know those people who fall asleep sitting up, or at their desk at work, or just wherever? I'm not one of those people, no matter how tired I am. Some people just nod off rather easily, and those people aren't necessarily parents of newborns (or young kids).
I also think it depends where you're driving. Driver fatigue happens mostly on open roads, out of town, where very little concentration occurs due to long stretches of cruising, and not by tired parents running around town doing chores. That's what I associate driver fatigue with.
If I didn't have my wits about me, I would not drive. Full-stop. But I've been very tired as a SM yet I've never felt I didn't have my wits about me.
Reading this thread has made me glad that I don't drive. I don't have to make the decision about driving tired because driving isn't an option for me. I have to find other ways and plan ahead whether I'm tired or not. I'm sure driving would make my life lot easier but I probably won't be driving until the kids are older and sleeping through. I don't want to learn while I am tired.
I have been a passenger with drivers who are so tired they should not be driving. My mum is the worst and too many times she has been lucky she hasn't crashed. She has pulled over to sleep during many drives and I think she should really work on sleeping more because it isn't safe for her or others.
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Much of this could not be done in some country locations.
I'm the only driver in my household. No taxi's.
Fortunately I live in town (of 800) and most if the basics are here but ....
Online shopping. Pfffft be nice if they delivered here
Call a friend. Most things out of town require a 300 km round trip
Walk, bus .... Not likely. Walked home from neighbouring small town once when car was playing up. Took me 6 hours.
Free courtesy bus, used to be one to the pub - never used it
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