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#1 Lil Dee

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:50 AM

Hi All,

Well, after having a little scare with my Raynauds, and a short spell in hospital, I'm not taking my Raynauds a little more seriously than I had previously.

In line with this, I am looking at options to keep my hands warm, especially at work (at home, I can use a hot water bottle - easy!).

I work as part of an IT Support team, and as such, I am sat at a desk for most of the day, using a mouse and keyboard. My biggest issue is keeping my hands warm whilst working. Yes, I can take my hand away from the keyboard/mouse to warm it up - but this affects my work - I can't work whilst I'm trying to warm my hands up (at least, not efficiently).

I would be really grateful if anyone has any information/feedback on things like :
Heated Mice
Heated Mouse Mat
Heated Arm Rest/Support
Heated Keyboard

I've had a little look-see around the internet, but as I am UK based, I think I may struggle to find anything here, as all I seem to find are links to US websites.

Thanks for reading, and here's hoping one of you knows something about these heated pieces of IT equipment - which I'm hoping will be the saving of my fingers - literally !!

Take care out there LD x


[Moderator Note....if you have the actual details of any products, please send them to Lil Dee via a PM. Thanks!]

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:08 PM

Hi Lil Dee,

I'm in the UK as well, but must admit I've never heard of heated mice, mouse mats etc. but as I suffer with Raynaud's as well, I can see that they would be a real benefit to you. I do sometimes type in fingerless gloves if it's very cold, although being at home I can make sure the room where I'm sitting is warm enough. (I've never tried typing with ordinary gloves; my typing's bad enough as it is!! ;) :lol: )

Is your office cold, Lil Dee? The reason I ask is that one of our other members has managed to get her own little fan heater to use at work (much to the envy of her colleagues) with I think has helped her so perhaps you might be able to do the same? It's just a thought if you're not able to find satisfactory heated equipment to use.

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#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:21 PM

Hello Lil Dee

Jo's idea about a heater is a good one because if your core body temperature drops you're never going to warm your hands up.

I use a laptop and find that when my fingers get cold I can't get the mousepad to work properly but it obviously won't work with gloves either, not that I can wear gloves with sclerodactyly anyway!

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#4 Lil Dee

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:39 AM

My office is cold yes. My problem is that due to our wonderful :rolleyes: Health & Safety regulations, I am not allowed to have a fan heater.

I work in a large three storey office block, and in our area (Ground Floor) we regularly complain that the temperature is too low. On the second floor however, it's always too hot - Air Conditioning !?!? PAH !

So I figured if I can find out if these heated mice, and other options, are worthwhile investing in, I'll take a look.

I'm currently sat here with my porridge, my gloves and wrist warmers on (not easy to type!) and my electric hot water bottle....and I'm still having to stop every couple of minutes to warm my hands properly.

Here, Gis a hug !! :emoticon-hug:

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:13 AM

Hi Lil Dee,

Here's your hug!! :emoticon-hug:

What a shame that you won't be able to consider a fan heater.....I can see the problem with Health and Safety regulations, though! ;) Just a thought; I suppose Health And Safety would be okay about heated mouse mats, arm rests, etc.?

Many moons ago when I worked in an office, I remember we always complained that the windows were fully opened and cleaned in the middle of a freezing winter and yet the blinds were always taken down and cleaned in the summer when the sun was at it's hottest and blazing through a shut window? Contrary or what? :emoticon-dont-know: :lol:

Hopefully some of our other members may be able to recommend something you'll be able to obtain and use successfully.

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#6 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:51 PM

Oh I remember all that twaddle, some people to hot others to cold, someone wanted a window open and someone didn't, I do not miss that about working in an office environment for sure!

Lil Dee have you considered thermal underwear? Many years ago I used to wear it even in the summer because I was always cold. It did help but it's best seen by your eyes only! :lol: :lol:

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:41 AM

Hi LD,

I really like the idea of your water bottle! :yes: To date, that, coupled with fingerless gloves, seems just about the size of it! Please believe, now that I know about the hot water bottle concept, that this gal will be getting her hands on at LEAST one! As a matter of fact, I may get one for every room in my house so I don't have to put velcro on my hip and the hot water bottle (may not be a bad idea EITHER, though)!
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 03:38 PM

Hi

I actually have a fan heater at my desk at work (but I am not in the UK). Mine has an automatic shut-off if it tips over, etc. Perhaps if you had that type, they might let you have one since it has a built-in safety shut-off feature? Only a thought?
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:36 AM

Ohhhh, Susie, I like the velcro hot water bottle idea too - that way you never forget to pick it up and take it with you !

Jo / Amanda, yes, we do have the usual struggles on our office with people being hot and cold at the same time - we find that simply sitting three feet to the right can mean you are freezing compared to your colleague. So much for air conditioning, eh !?

Snowbird - I only WISH our H&S laws were as commons sense as yours. Sounds like you have the exact same fan heater that I do, that they refused to allow me to use. Yup - red tape gone mad !!

Still, I'm going to see my OH lady at work, and my union man reckons that I've got a pretty good case to request the heated mouse and mouse mat at the minimum as "reasonable adjustments" for my work place, so let's hope they turn out to be decent pieces of kit.

Of course, I'll come back and let you peeps know, as I'm sure I'm not the only one having issues like this.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:37 PM

Hello Lil Dee

It is likely that scleroderma would be covered by the disability and equality act which means your employer has to make all reasonable adjustments to enable you to work. I say that based on my experience, my employer was told that it was likely scleroderma would be covered under the act but that was in 2008 (when it was called disability discrimination act) and a tribunal can only determine for sure whether scleroderma is covered, again based on my experience in 2008.

You would expect an employer to do all they can to keep someone working who wants to!

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