Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Not sewing

Sigh. No sewing to report on. Remember my plan to bind and wash that quilt and give it to the little girl on Monday or Tuesday? Forget it...that went out the window. I have to go to three days of training for 8 hours this week (Mon-Tuesday-Wed) this week and next. No problem I figure. HA! I went for my training yesterday, and I was wiped out by the end of the day! I had such a headache from eye strain that it wasn't even funny. When I went to the eye doctor a bit more than a year ago, he suggested that I might want to consider bi-focals now that I am (ahem) over 40. Ha ha, very funny I thought. But it is becoming more and more obvious, espcially when I do embroidery while watching TV, that I need to go get the bifocals. Yesterday in training, trying to look back and forth between the powerpoint presentation, and the handouts (and coupled with the sitting down all day, which I never do) really did me in. When I got home, I made dinner, straightened up a bit, and fell asleep almost immediately. So none of that binding on the quilt got done.

Today, training was a lot more physical: we learned about how to restrain someone having a violent outburst and how to protect ourselves. Let me just say that if one of these guys in my care ever decides to hurt me, I'm probably going to be in trouble! I'm exhausted. No sewing is going to happen tonight either.

I need to get Thing One's costumes together: Tomorrow I have to go straight from training to the first Dress Rehearsal for the dance recital (we have four shows, and each show has a separate Dress Rehearsal, plus there is a technical rehearsal for certain numbers that we also need to attend). There goes the next 11 days. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.


Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac. said...

Our eyes and vision were designed for viewing distance as hunters and gatherers, and not for ongoing near work as required by regular computer use, or other extensive close-up work. As a result, Computer Eye Strain and Eye Strain due to excessive near work is becoming one of the major eye complaints heard by eye doctors today.

Symptoms can include increased myopia, blurred vision, headaches, slow refocusing, difficulty concentrating, neck, shoulder and back pain

Eye strain can be reduced significantly by taking regular breaks from the computer, resting your eyes, stretching and doing eye exercises.

For a demo of 3 great eye exercises by Dr. Grossman, one of the Country's leading behavioral optometrists, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W10j2fL0hy0

Dr. Grossman also offers his free eye exercise booklet at his website at Natural Eye Care Free Eye Exercises with his 11 favorite eye exercises and acupressure eye points to massage regularly.

Finally, there is also an excellent section at his website on "Computer Eye Strain" under "Eye Diseases" that provides a Computer Eye Strain “Self-Help“ section with great tips of relieving eyestrain due to computer use.

Also, a few research studies show that supplementing with 6mg per day of astaxanthin per day significantly improved eye strain at week 2 and 4 of the test period.

For more information, go to Natural Eye Care for Computer Eye Strain

Carol E. said...

I'll be a little less technical than previous person. Oh, poor you! What a tiring week, and I'm exhausted just reading about your schedule. I've had bifocals for a while and love it. Takes a bit of getting used to, but then it makes life grand. (Mine are the invisible kind.)