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She11ybeanz posted 7/10/2014 07:43 AM

Okay....look. I'm cold-natured and 35. I have not gone through menopause yet and don't understand the nature of hot flashes and after seeing the way my mom sweats like she is in a sauna 24/7.....I'm sure someday I will.

BUT.....this morning it is 68 degrees in my office. I have on a suit....including a jacket....and am freezing to death. My coworker tells me "I had better not turn on my heater".... I am in a cubicle next to her office and do not have the luxury of shutting my door despite having the same title as her.

I told her I was freezing and she said, "Suck it up buttercup!" WTF! THEN....she turned on her fan in her office!

WTH???? RUDE! I want to turn my heater on so bad but am trying to keep the peace....so I have a thick sweater wrapped over my arms like a blanket.

This is ridiculous and extremely skewed unfair....

SILLY RANT OVER.

Lucky2HaveMe posted 7/10/2014 07:49 AM

Turn your heater on until the chill is gone. Then turn it off. Her fan should appease her.

Is it just a small space heater?

Undefinabl3 posted 7/10/2014 08:40 AM

I know this sounds a little odd...but have you had your Thyroid checked?

Other then being really tired, the other symptom I have is not being able to handle temps very well. I will have hot flashes and get cold all the time.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis for about 6 months now. I am the heater / fan girl in the office LOL

Deeply Scared posted 7/10/2014 08:42 AM

She11y...

Pick your battles.

If you have an HR department, go to them and file a complaint because obviously your co-worker has zero intentions on being fair or considerate.

HR is there for a reason...let them help you.

tushnurse posted 7/10/2014 08:56 AM

This is just part of working in an office with other people. I can remember as a new nurse working with the older ladies (now the age I am) being hot and having fans on, and turning down the thermostat everytime you turned your head.

I always was cold. I often wore two lab coats, and raided the blanket warmer. One trick that works well to keep you warm that doesn't bother others is a heating pad and use it on your chair. Yup sit on that sucker. It helps to get your core warm. If your feet are cold kick off your shoes, and set your feet on it.

Your coworker is incredibly rude, and I wouldn't give her any consideration when turning on your little heater. You are a runner with low body fat, you are going to be cool most of the time anyway.

Sunnydaysahead posted 7/10/2014 09:12 AM

I remember the heating pad days:). I had one for my chair and one for my feet (our office wouldn't let us have heaters). I live in a very HOT climate, but during the summer our office was freezing. I always kept a heavy sweater at my desk during the summer months.

Now,I fall in the same category as your mom.....if I were still working, I would be sitting on portable cool packs.

So sorry your co-worker is so insensitive, it doesn't sound like a very pleasant work environment. Try to stay warm:)

JanaGreen posted 7/10/2014 09:15 AM

Team Heater here. I have mine on now - and I'm wearing pants and a sweater too. Still cold.

Crescita posted 7/10/2014 10:31 AM

I find drinking hot (or cold) beverages to be extremely helpful with temperature regulation. I usually drink 8 or so glasses of green tea a day when it's chilly in the office. Only downside is that you will be away from your desk a bit more

Amazonia posted 7/10/2014 10:37 AM

Think about getting an electric heating pad for your chair. They make big flat ones that you can sit on. It'll keep you toasty without heating the rest of the office.

Rebreather posted 7/10/2014 11:16 AM

Team heaeter!

IrishGirlVA posted 7/10/2014 15:14 PM

I hear ya, Shelly. My office building pumps up the air conditioning when it gets very humid outside. As you know, being a fellow Virginian, it's that time of year!

We are not allowed space heaters here but I do have an electric blanket. Keeps me warm and cozy. Sometimes too cozy where I feel myself slipping into an afternoon nap.

The "suck it up, buttercup" comment would irritate me more than the tempature though!

Bobbi_sue posted 7/11/2014 08:20 AM

I recall a discussion on a forum (not sure if it was SI Off topic or a health forum I frequent) but I found comments from regular members who just blatantly stated that if they were too hot they really did not care about those who were too cold and said you can put more clothes on but you can't really take more off (after a point).

I think that attitude is EXTREMELY selfish and rude. The "Suck it up buttercup" comment really angers me. Of course I'm in the "always cold" group even though I'm 55. Yes, I wear extra cloths and I have even learned to often just plain tolerate it and don't even notice how cold I am until I crawl into bed with my toasty warm husband, who says I am like an ice cube! Nothing wrong with my thyroid. I'm fairly thin and I believe quite healthy for my age, on absolutely no medication for anything. Thankfully, I can usually put on more clothes to make cold situations bearable but that is not going to make me feel any better about selfish rude people who say "suck it up buttercup" because their comfort is apparently more important than mine, in their view.

She11ybeanz posted 7/11/2014 09:37 AM

If you have an HR department, go to them and file a complaint because obviously your co-worker has zero intentions on being fair or considerate.

Ironically we do NOT have an HR department. That would be my current boss and this particular co-workers close friend.

I know this sounds a little odd...but have you had your Thyroid checked?

Yes, my thyroid is normal and I'm not anemic. I'm just cold-natured. Always have been.


I think that attitude is EXTREMELY selfish and rude. The "Suck it up buttercup" comment really angers me. Of course I'm in the "always cold" group even though I'm 55. Yes, I wear extra cloths and I have even learned to often just plain tolerate it and don't even notice how cold I am until I crawl into bed with my toasty warm husband, who says I am like an ice cube! Nothing wrong with my thyroid. I'm fairly thin and I believe quite healthy for my age, on absolutely no medication for anything. Thankfully, I can usually put on more clothes to make cold situations bearable but that is not going to make me feel any better about selfish rude people who say "suck it up buttercup" because their comfort is apparently more important than mine, in their view.

Yeah...I thought it was rude too, especially after she promptly turned her fan on out of spite....WTH??? Sure! I put on extra clothes....a full on suit....a sweater and I'm sitting here now with a blanket I borrowed from another cold-natured co-worker who has an office and can use her heater all day without verbal retaliation and have the blanket wrapped around my legs like a caccoon!!!! Grrrrrrrrr..... I'm afraid to turn my heater on at all ....even for a second to take the chill off because her office door is RIGHT next to me and I know I will get fussed at. Its completely unfair but as another person said....I'm trying to pick my battles.

When she goes to lunch all bets are off and I'm blasting it for an hour!

A heating pad is a good idea....I may have to bring one in!

[This message edited by She11ybeanz at 9:43 AM, July 11th (Friday)]

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