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#1 jefa

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 05:55 AM

Barefut, how was your first day on the job? It was today, wasn't it?
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Posted 20 November 2007 - 07:28 AM

Hey Jefa,

Thanks for thinking of me. It was supposed to be today but the clearance I needed in order to log in to the bank's computers didn't come in time so my boss said to just start next Monday.

In a way I'm a bit relieved as I haven't secured childcare yet. That's the toughest part. I have always been so grateful that I was the babysitter and not the one having to scramble to find a reliable babysitter. Now I am rowing a different boat and I am feeling the stress of all those moms that I have never envied.

I am hoping that since I have always been there as a reliable and flexible babysitter for others, that what goes around comes around and I will find the same, now that I am in need.

By the way, it was fun shopping for work clothes. It feels good to dress up a bit after I've been wearing the mom uniform of t-shirts and knit capris for the past 10 years! :)

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 07:35 AM

Childcare was the greatest care for me as a working mom. It was a struggle a first trying to find the right situation of adequate care, personal trust and reasonable cost. There was one year when the money I paid for summer childcare with two kids was equal to the money I cleared for the job. The same applied if they were sick. We had no comprehensive benefits back then or for that matter much in the way of sick leave or vacation in some states. Still, if I hadn't worked during that time I would have been a mental case. Not all of us are cut out to be stay at home moms.
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Posted 01 December 2007 - 06:58 AM

Well, you must have finished your first week - I enjoyed reading the blog about the first day. Hope you are coping well. Hugs to you.
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Posted 01 December 2007 - 10:48 AM

Hi Jefa,

Thanks for asking. My first week was great. I still like it and all the people. My kids like YMCA care, so I am feeling pretty good.

I only have one complaint. My Raynaud's bothers me all day at work. I've spent the whole week just sitting at the computer, on training lessons and my right hand is either cold or blue the whole day even when I am wearing my coat and gloves! The hot water does not even get warm enough to warm them up either! AGH! Gonna have to bring in the hand warmers and maybe a space heater.

My boss has Raynaud's too (primary) so I have some sympathy there. I'm glad she knows about my sclero. She will be an accomodating person I'm sure.

Next week, I get to touch money!

It's snowing here! BIG TIME!!! HUGE flakes! It's a white-out! Kids are outside in it. Better get the hot cocoa on the stove. Hope it melts before Monday...

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 11:11 AM

Barefut:

That was my problem, the office was incredibly cold! We wear our coats year round. At first they said space heaters are not allowed;a fire hazard. When they began to take my symptom of Raynauds seriously, they started to accommodate me by blocking off the vent in my office and allowing me the space heater. I developed an ulcer on my toe as a result of the cold conditions, the numbing and the walking constantly on the foot without feeling the rubbing of the ulcer due to the numbing by the AC. The ulcer got out of control, and I had to have half my large toe amputated this week.

I've always been afraid to voice up when the cold was too much, as I didn't want to appear as a trouble maker or make waves. No more, when I get back, if it's too cold, I'm going to track down HR to make it right. What most people don't understand, as least in my case, I can tolerate cold, but I cannot tolerate extreme temperature changes.

Hearing the AC go off in the dead of winter, sends my hair on ends. They don't know how to regulate the building and those they've hired seem uneducated in that attempt as well.
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:57 AM

Barefut,

I am so glad to hear the new job is going well for you!
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 07:15 PM

I heard about a heated mouse for the computer and ordered one right away. It turned out to be bogus but here's another product you might try. It's called a heat therapy mouse pad. Besides being heatable sounds like it causes less wrist strain. I also found a heated keyboard, on an internet search, that they might buy for you.

Good luck and bring in a little heater if you can and put it right next to your hand when it gets cold.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 08:50 PM

barefut,
Sometimes spaceheaters are considered bad, some kinda osha/building compliance code. Once I had a space heater and left it on over night by accident. I had it on kinda high. I could see how I might burn a hole in the carpet, or worse.

I got an extra large heating pad and it really helps. Mine has an auto off. I sat on the heating pad. I also had a small blanket I put over my lap which trapped the heat making my chair quite cozy.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 09:10 PM

Yes, spaceheaters (depending on the kind) can be a problem for insurance issues. I have found that a draft, regardless of the temperature, can be worse. I put a couple of pieces of cardboard underneath my desk to block airflow on my legs. I tucked a small blanket in my chair that hung down the front. I didn't need to wrap it around my legs, but it blocked the airflow on the back of my legs. I have half a dozen pairs of hand covers made from the tops of hubby's worn out black crew sox. They look reasonably fashionable pulled up over the hand with just the finger tips sticking out. I have also found that the laptop keyboard is warmer than the one for my pc.
Warm wishes,
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 03:02 AM

Wow, thanks for your suggestions everyone! Kim, I was actually thinking about inventing a heated mouse yesterday!! :lol:

Yesterday I had on some fingerless gloves that my aunt knitted me and I tucked some hand warmers into them at the wrists. My mouse clicking finger was STILL blue! I searched for my nitro paste before I left the house but couldn't find it. Gonna call for another rx of it.

I like the idea of the sock hand warmers. A black nylon sock would be a bit more discreet for work than my purple fuzzy knit ones (though I love them for home, aunt H! :P )

Yes, the drafts and the air blowing down on me from the overhead "heating" system are killers. I wore my puffy coat all day.

I did notice that I was warmer after lunch (didn't take off my coat though) I don't know if it was because I had food in me or if it just took the office that long to warm up after the weekend.

All your ideas are great. I can't believe they actually make a heated keyboard!

Thanks again gals,
Love y'all