To top it off... Typically, I enjoy being at work during the week between Christmas and New Years because almost no one is in the office. Usually it's so peacefully quiet and trigger-free. Unfortunately, not this year...
Unlike last year, where I enjoyed the blissful peace and quiet from not a soul being in my area of the office - because everyone was on vacation - unfortunately, not only was my cubicle mate there, but she decided to do some end of year cleaning of our entire area. It went beyond just throwing out papers, she felt the need to organize desk supplies in the common portion of our countertop - thereby jostling the surface and sending vibrations my way. It was bad enough last week when people kept jostling the table while devouring all the holiday goodies the sales reps and manufacturers' sent us. It got to a point where I stopped what I was doing to just watch her. She said she couldn't understand why what she was doing was so bothersome. It's hard enough to get a non-sufferer to understand what it feels like to experience sound triggers. It's even harder to explain how the vibrations of her trying to straighten a half ream of paper by banging it on the desk is just as annoying - if not more so since, unlike sound, you can't block it out with headphones.
[Sigh!] Thank goodness the owner of the company closed the office early. There's only so much tactile triggers I could've tolerated today. It felt so good to finally be able to get out of there, go home and stretch out by the fireplace with a glass of champagne (or two), and my cockatiel nuzzling into the side of my cheek. A relaxing end to a stressful day/year.
Best wishes to all for a happy (and trigger-free) New Year!