Aug. 24th, 2011 08:53 pm
duriyah: The Lady of Challotte (stressed)
I have never been so happy that the yoga ball I use as my desk chair sits in a frame to keep it from rolling around as I was yesterday at 1:50pm. Not everyone in Ohio felt the earthquake. It was more apparent for those of us in taller office buildings. At first I felt a little dizzy, like I was having vertigo. I had trouble focusing on the computer screen. Then my body seemed to pulse, as if my heart was beating hard and I could feel the pulse throughout my body. I looked up and saw the leaves of my plant quiver. Was there construction going on somewhere in the building? A canon fired at the statehouse across the street? Or did I just eat something that raised my blood pressure?

Things settled down, and I wandered out of my cube to see if anyone else felt it, too. Half a dozen people were telling each other that yes, they'd felt it, too. A few minutes later the word came: an earthquake, epicenter in Virginia.

I tried to settle back into work, but I still felt a lingering vertigo and nausea. I was finally got back into my work about half an hour later.

When I got home around 6:30pm the power was out at the farmhouse. I don't know how wide an area was effected, but it was at least my neighborhood. The refrigerator felt...not exactly warm, but not cool either, when I opened it to put my food away.

My plans for the evening had included a load of laundry and a hot bath, both of which had to be abandoned, as we have no running water in a power outage because we're on well water.

I have no idea whether the power outage had any connection to the earthquake. Rob did say he saw a power truck in the neighborhood, likely searching for the cause of the outage. The power came back on about 8pm.

It was a weird and slightly unsettling day.
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Just over a week ago I bought this ergonomic keyboard. It's split, which the woman who assessed my workstation a few weeks ago recommended. It also has an embedded track pad, similar to one on a laptop, to replace a mouse. The keyboard looks like this:

Theoretically it should help with the carpal tunnel symptoms I get from using a computer mouse. However, learning to use the track pad takes a lot of concentration at this stage. And unfortunately, the second day I really used the keyboard, I did a bunch of data entry and by the end of the day my right shoulder was tight and aching. I suspect that I'm holding tension there because of the intense concentration of learning to use the track pad.

I had my massage therapist work on it Monday night, and it released a whole lot. I hope it gets better as I get more used to using the track pad, and I don't have to concentrate as hard to control the cursor. I've been learning more shortcut key strokes to use instead of the track pad. That has helped a lot. I'm also trying consciously to relax when I'm at the computer, as well, which is also helping. This week has definitely been easier on the shoulder than last week.


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