I had set my alarm clock for roughly 5:10AM so that I could wake up in time for 6:00AM dialysis. I happened to wake up to find that my alarm clock read 5:10. Figuring it would go off any minute, I decided to get up and turn on the BBC radio news. I got myself ready to go. I was all set to leave. And then I heard the BBC announcer say, “It’s 8:00, GMT”. 8:00? Wait, what’s that here?
I pulled out my cell phone. It read 4:00.
I had failed to switch the alarm clock display from alarm time back to actual time. And I had hailed to notice that the clock continued to read 5:10 the whole time I was getting ready.
Now I am wide awake and desperately want those 90 minutes of sleep I missed. On second thought, I’m not really wide awake. But it’s too late to go back to sleep.
One casualty of dialysis is clearly any sense of a routine sleep cycle, which I never really had in the first place, I suppose.
One thought on “False alarm”
When I was a young teenager in Alaska (where the position of the sun in the sky is disorienting), my dad thought I was completely daft, and one day I almost confirmed that belief. I came home from school, went to my room to do homework, and fell asleep reading some dry classic lit. I woke up and the clock read 6:15. I couldn’t figure out why my alarm hadn’t gone off, and was convinced I was running behind. I rushed to shove everything in my bag, took the quickest shower of my life, and was ready to leave the house at 6:45. I ran through the living room and had my hand on the knob of the front door… only to look over and see my parents eating dinner. I had been asleep only about an hour instead of all night. 😛 In defense of my actions, I was coming down with the flu at the time and just didn’t know it… not feeling 100% has its effects, you know.