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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

"Is A Nuclear Reactor Considered Heavy Machinery?"

A post at Rob's Blog Online Magazine reminded me of the hilarity that can ensue when one combines reactor operations and pain-killers. A couple of examples from my time as Shift Engineer at MTS-626 in Charleston:

1) We have a Naval Reactors monitor watch going on, and I'm in Maneuvering with the monitor, when the SRO pulls out some medicine he's taking and says, "It says here you're not supposed to operate heavy machinery when you're taking this. Is a nuclear reactor considered heavy machinery?"

2) I had to get two wisdom teeth pulled, so I scheduled it for the Friday before the four-off. Got lots of good drugs. Started back to work on Wednesday swing shift, and was noticing that I still had some pus coming from one of the sites where they removed the tooth. I went into the Dentist's office, and they took an X-ray and said I still had a piece of bone in there that they'd have to pull. Went in the next afternoon for that (just before the last day of swings) figuring that it'd be a fairly simple process to remove the bone; it turned out that they basically had to do the same process they used for removing the tooth. The doc gave me the same pills, and I say, "I can't take these; I'm standing Shift Engineer tonight!" He said he hoped I had a high tolerance to pain. (I couldn't take the night off because I was in the 11 month stretch where I was the only qualified Shift Eng on my crew; I couldn't miss a shift.) I made it until about halfway through shift; called the EOOW and told him that I was taking a pain killer, and he should ignore any really strange orders he might get from me for the rest of the night. Luckily, everything went pretty well...

Going deep...

2 Comments:

Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

Oooh, oooh, I've got one!

I had back surgery when my boat was in the yards way back when. Two days after the surgery, I am back at work (despite Doc's orders - XO override), and taking Percoset for pain as needed (which translated to about one a day, max - the things scared me they were so strong). Thankfully, the SWO had taken me off the watchbill for a week, but at the time I was the DCA, and the Eng had decided he only would trust me or a DH (yeah right) to close out tanks. So, you guessed it - my first day back, and WRT needs to be closed out. Today. Like now. So I grab my rubber mallet and head down there. About an hour into the closeout, the tank watch becomes concerned and starts calling for me. When I don't respond, he quickly calls Doc and gets together a recue party, assuming that I had passed out due to CO2 (we had just had tank training the week before). So, one of my A-gangers finally goes into the tank in a long-cord EAB, only to find me crashed out, drooling on myself, because I had taken a pain pill earlier. Yeah, I didn't hear the end of that one for a while...

8/02/2005 2:30 PM

 
Blogger Rob said...

:) Fortunately I'm still ashore. Though it woudln't be the first time I'd seen a nuke standing watch/duty on medicine you can't drive on...

8/06/2005 10:23 PM

 

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