Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1992 14:51:34 EST
Subject: Response to K.Schmidt Bitnet note re:Notis check-in and Carpel tu
I am the Serials check-in person at the West Chester University library.
We subscribe to about 3000 titles. I am responsible for all the serials
check-in, claiming, editing records, checking in microfilm , and monthly
adding bound volumes to vhld. I believe we have been checking in on line
for about 5 years. About 6 months ago I started complaining about how bad
my right arm hurt. I'd go home and forget it. At the beginning of March 1992
we were talking about it and I told my boss that I was beginning to take the
pain home at night time and that I was waking up in the night in pain. She
told me to fill out an accident report. I have been sent for an independent
medical examination by our workman's comp people and the dr. has confirmed
that I have nerve damage from my elbow to my wrist/palm with a secondary injury
from my elbow to my shoulder/back. I have recently begun popping the vertebrae
in my neck from the stress and strain on my muscles from this injury. The dr.
said the next step would be that I would get headaches on one side of the head
up the back of the neck and down the forehead. He told me I'd need to go to
the hospital for a needle test to determine the extend of the nerve damage in
my fore arm and wouldn't know treatment until that was done. My own dr.
(Orthopedic surgeon) has been treating one of my symptoms and has been
sending me for neck traction and hot pack wraps to reduce muscle spasms.
The workmans comp. dr. has recommended wrist rests for my terminal and
that I do not sit at the terminal for extended long hours. (I used to
sit at the terminal for 6 1/2 to 7 hours daily) I now take a one hour
break in the am. and one in the pm (I do other serials work non computer
related). My boss has also restructured the workplace in an attempt to
redistribute the work load. I don't know if these things will solve my
problem but they probably will help. I hope this information is of some
value to you. I thought I was the only person experiencing this problem
with NOTIS and it certainly was reassuring hearing from you.
(P.S. My dr.has me on medication to help reduce the inflamation in my arm -
I told him it doesn't seem to be doing much and he said its an anti-
inflammatory and not a pain killer.)