“Doing” a Doctorate – weeks 41 and 42

Published on Sunday 26th August 2018 by DJ Kirkby

I’ve squished two weeks in review into one post because I’ve been recovering from eye surgery and have done no doctorate work at all since I finished the first draft of assignment three (yes, I am totally freaking out about this).

My vision is still quite wonky and my eye now drifts off to the right a bit when I focus on things which is disturbing, but I’m hoping it’s a transient problem maybe caused by my eye ligaments getting a bit stretched during the surgery. I’ve been told that will take several weeks for  my vision to fully settle and I will continue to need corrective glasses and contacts, but I am finding it quite incredible to be able to see in technicolor and in 3D after so many years of poor vision.

I spent a lot of the first week post op being quiet, resting  and sleeping, and my husband spent a lot of time wondering if he’d brought the wrong woman back from the hospital.  By this week I was going stir crazy not being able to do any exercise but I I’m not even allowed to speedwalk or even amble along slowly for any great distance (it’s mind numbing to be so sedentary).

I volunteered as funnel manager at my local parkrun this week (and tried not to flinch when people got too close to my eye) but other than that I have mostly been doing a lot of sitting or wandering round the garden or going for walks with my husband acting as distance and speed chaperone.

However, my eye has felt the strain just writing this blog post which I have out together in increments over the last couple of days so it’s a good reminder that I am not ready to return to doing all of the everything just yet. My sick leave ends tomorrow and luckily I then have a pre-booked week of annual leave to take so that should give me that extra bit of time to heal before returning to doing all of the everything.

I’ve got a follow up appointment with my eye surgeon the day before I return to work and it will be good to get the all clear from him before I launch myself back into the new work and doctorate year (hopefully with different antibiotic eye drops that don’t feel like I’m dousing my eye with acid four times a day).

Week 40 in review: read week 40 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words writtenVirtual health education: scaling practice to transform student learning article has accepted for publication by Nurse Education Today. Future Technologies Conference 2018 article NoObesity Apps – from approach to finished app has been accepted for publication.  Poster about the CILVRS project pilot VRLE has been accepted for the Wessex CSIP Safety, Quality & Improvement Conference 2018 and awarded highly commended status. Working on draft of second CILVRS article.
Doctorate assignment words written – first draft of assignment 3 completed, need to begin first draft of assignment 4 once eye has healed from surgery.
Cups of tea drunk –  Tea was the first thing I asked for when I woke up from the anaesthetic (recovery nurse said no, so I settled for water, haha)
Miles run – Zero (eye surgeon’s orders)
Kilometers swam -Zero (eye surgeon’s orders)
Miles cycled -Zero (eye surgeon’s orders)
Cakes baked –  Coconut rum (see photo at end of post).
Crafting  done- Knitting on pause during this hot weather
Books read for pleasure –   The Cult on Fog Island  (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None this week
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – None this week
Articles read for doctorate –  None this week
Blogs read for doctorate – None this week
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none this week
Meetings with ALN / LD support – None this week
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – No guilt, I am still on sick leave
Overall average stress level – minimal
Average success rate – poor

Plan for next week:

  • Wait for my eye to heal
  • Wait for husband’s referral date to new specialist to find out extent of damage caused by illness number two (he’s received a letter informing him there are currently NO appointments!)

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