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November 9th, 2005


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10:52 am - Why I don't like working with other people
So I lasted another 10 hours at work last night. the tendons seem to be holding up to that schedule without too much protest. I didn't have to put my braces on once.

The night started off on a bad note though. You see, with all this trouble with my wrists, I decided to take it a bit easy at work for a bit. Unfortunately, we're in one of our peak periods, so taking it easy means picking and choosing what kinds of work I will do, rather than simply doing as little work as possible.

I figured out pretty quick that doing jobs with many edits was hard on my wrists. All the moving around in the files requires extra keystrokes and those hurt. But doing the initial conversion of jobs wasn't as bad. Still a few painful tasks in there, but they were spread out and there was also a nice bit of sitting and waiting for processes to finish that gave my tendons a chance to rest.

So yesterday, one of the expeditors came and asked me if I'd do some quick edits on a job. I politely declined, saying that I'm avoiding edits work and sticking to initial conversions as much as possible. She gave me a dirty look and got someone else to do the job.

Today, I get an email from my manager in response to the expeditors email to her asking for documentation of my work restrictions. The answer was copied to HR and basically said that there isn't any documentation (because there isn't) and that if this goes on for more than a few days that I'll need a note from my doctor.

For crying out loud. Now I can't even make rational judgments about what sorts of work I should be doing or not doing. All of a sudden it's a Federal case. I'm glad I have the night off tonight; it'll give me a chance to forget about this latest little affront and also time to rest the tendons. (Speaking of which, I should stop typing and go to sleep.)
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy

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From:shannon_a
Date:November 9th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Be really careful. My wife permanently damaged her tendons doing an editing & layout job. If you have any pain, any at all, stop. And don't let any idiot managers screw around with your health, because you're talking about the possibility of a chronic injury.


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From:jbru
Date:November 10th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Very true. I'm being careful and taking more frequent breaks. I'm also doing a lot less on the computer at home, which drives me a bit nuts but gives the tendons a chance to relax and heal.
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From:dreamsewing
Date:November 9th, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC)
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grrrrr. So be sure an get a note from the Doctor, the longer you wait, the longer they will feel justified in abusing you, and use the Maaaaaaximum dr. visit time possible, during work hours! Hah. Be careful with yourself, tendons are tricksey things and can take years to mend, no edit/job is worth it. You doing all the good stuff like popping an Ibuprophen to thin the blood and getting up and shaking everything out every half hour to keep blood flow up. hmmmn?
So what was that about your unused vioce recognition software? At least for your LJ writing? Heck it can't be worse than my psellling wen i'm tyred.
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From:von_krag
Date:November 10th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)

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Did you crop this from a larger pic? It looks like the nape and partial upper back of a Geisha. I really like it a LOT.
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From:dreamsewing
Date:November 10th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)

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It's me neck. My best friend has come over here to Japan twice and we dress up as Geisha at one of those cheesy make-over studios. Last time was in Kyoto, in midsummer heat, and we waddled around like futons on high wooden clogs wearing 40lbs of kimono for an hour being attacked by school children and old men wanting photos of us. Hard to smile when you feel like a pig'n'a blanket ;>
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From:von_krag
Date:November 10th, 2005 11:28 am (UTC)

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Well it pushes my monkey bone buttons, I've always thought a woman's nape and shoulders where tremendously sexy.

Heh, 3 layers of kimono and walking in getta(SP?) in the summer heat, so just how much Pokari Sweat did y'all wind up drinking?
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From:dreamsewing
Date:November 10th, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)

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Green Tea is our friend.
feel free to wander over to my journal if'n you want to chat. door's open. And you probably know me anyways.
'nuff said
Back to Peter, So did you get to the Dr. today ( and follow a childish impulse and stuff the note down your drawers before handing it over to Der Uber Micro Manager)? alternately but definately connected,
how's That Thing going?
They sell this wonderful topical analgaesic here in Japan, very low dosage with salycilc (sp?) (willow) acid. I can bring you some next month if you like. Works wonders on my bad knee/hamstring.
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From:jbru
Date:November 10th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)

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It was my night off so I spent it all on naps and TV and junk food. Don't figure that getting a doctor's note is worth it at this point. I'm healing up nicely and have no intention of doing anything stupid to hurt the tendons. If things get tricksy at work, I'll get one at that point, but I suspect it'll be a non-issue before long.

That Thing is stuck at the same point it was. My friend emyjo is going to be doing storyboards for me, but she's in the midst of animation classes in Vancouver. I should do something with the Thing, though. Thanks for asking.
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From:minnehaha
Date:November 10th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
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Jeez. Tell this to tanac.

K. [and she can tell you about the surgery she had on both her arms]
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From:von_krag
Date:November 10th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
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IMO many "Managers" see their workers as lazy and all too willing to slack; i.e. act as a if they're children. If you believe that, then you then MUST force the worker to work and be treated as a child not as a adult and equal. This is one reason why many "Managers" hate and sabotage work at home.

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