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Several weeks ago, I visited my husband’s office on a Saturday.  While I was there, I noticed two exciting things:

 

#1  The team’s Bachelor Countdown

I added my two cents (influenced by friends and family members) on yellow sticky notes.

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Bachelor fans, Don’t read this paragraph if you missed the show this week!  Did you notice how much Ben looked at Jojo compared to Lauren after the rose ceremony last night?  Maybe the hard-to-get family ups the excitement for him!  I like both girls (or women as they call them😉), but Jojo is pretty cute.

 

*I find it interesting that my husband and his fraternity brothers scheduled their college classes around All My Children, but I can’t convince him to watch The Bachelor!

 

 #2 Ergonomic Workstations

Until I started physical therapy for what felt like a knee issue, I hadn’t put much thought into the fact that if one part of our body is out of balance it will affect another.  Within my first physical therapy appointment, it was discovered that my knee wasn’t the issue.

 

When I was in my late teens, I had an accident involving the opposite leg and a broadhead arrow.

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Broadhead Arrow

The arrow was laying across a box in the stockroom of my dad’s sporting goods store.  The lights were off and I walked directly into its razor sharp blade.

 

When I looked down to see the reason my femur bone ached, I saw a fire red arrow shaft festooned with canary yellow feathers anchored in my thigh, just above the knee.  I did what a stabbing victim should never do, I reached down, grabbed the arrow shaft with both hands and, aided by adrenaline induced strength, yanked the arrow out!

 

With a severed artery and other damage, the wound was serious and there was talk of amputation.  Thank God, on the third day of my hospital stay, my leg regained circulation and it was saved!  I have unconsciously babied that leg for decades and, finally, the other knee was feeling strain because it was doing most of the work.

 

All of that said to bring it back to the Ergonomic Work Stations I saw at my husband’s office.

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An adjustable desktop at standard height, approximately 30″h, with the flip of a switch it will raise or lower.  The switch is under the desktop on the right side.

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The desk on the left is an adjustable desk set to standing height and the desk to the right is fixed at standard height.  The key board to the left is lower than the desktop to keep wrists properly aligned.

This helpful article describes proper alignment for sitting at a desk and using a keyboard.

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This adjustable desk is set very low at approximately 25″h.  The monitor is lifted up on stacks of paper to allow the user to look directly forward and keep his/her neck in a healthy position.

My physical therapist is convinced that many of Western Civilization’s physical problems have to do with how much we sit on chairs.  I think she is right!

 

As a decorator, I have helped clients get their work spaces ergonomically aligned for their physical needs, but have ignored my own.  I am now considering how I can create a standing computer station for myself.

7 thoughts on “Ergonomic Workstations

  1. Nancy says:

    First off! Thank the good Lord you are still with us and your leg! What an accident!
    And I can relate to this post as my neck hurts at times and I think it has to do with my laptop monitor being too low. Going to have to come up with a new way!

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    1. I think laptops may open another can of worms because how do you raise them high enough to hold your head properly and low enough to hold your arms properly? xo

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      1. Nancy says:

        exactly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Nancy P says:

    We just got those adjustable desks at my office and I love it! It’s so nice to be able to stand. Now, the important stuff. . . ! I’m sure he will chose Lauren, but he should chose JoJo!

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    1. I just referred back to our texting conversation from January 12th, your predictions still hold true!

      I do think Lauren is a great fit for Ben, but JoJo adds some spice! Did you notice that Jojo’s mom drank wine straight from the bottle on the hometown visit?!

      The older I get, the more funny I think it is that the girls are referred to as WOMEN (is that bad of me?). When did you start thinking of yourself as a woman? I probably did about 5 years ago.

      I love that you have new adjustable desks at work! I think they are a spectacular invention!

      I’m slightly surprised you didn’t comment on my hospital stay. Didn’t you, Janea and some other friends hide in the closet during nurse’s rounds, after visiting hours? I remember watching VCR movies and eating from the stash of junk food everyone supplied me with.

      That was a serious accident, but the pain medicine kept me in La La Land. I had so much fun, it was like a perpetual party.

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      1. Susan Smith says:

        Totally agree with the JoJo-Lauren thoughts and yes we noticed right away JoJo’s mom chugging from the bottle. Funny how guys react to this tv show, but Mark will sit and watch it with me.😊. If he’s had to work late on Mondays he still asks who got booted off.

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      2. Nancy says:

        Oh my gosh. After I hit “send” I realized I hadn’t mentioned your injury! I was too caught up in The Bachelor, obviously. I was totally reliving it with you though as you explained it. To the point that I got a bit queasy. 🙂 That was such a scary thing, and I can’t believe you didn’t pass out when you pulled out the arrow. From the pain or from the trauma of it all.

        My memory is so bad, but I’m absolutely sure that I participated in those hospital shenanigans!

        I absolutely did not think of myself as a woman until just a handful of years ago. I mean, I guess I did, but I didn’t address myself that way. It just felt so mature. I still refer to my friends as “girls”. At least we are girls at heart!

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