“Doing” a Doctorate – weeks 43 and 44

Published on Sunday 9th September 2018 by DJ Kirkby

I’ve had some complications with my recovery from eye surgery so I have sort of lost track of where I am at with these posts. I think I’ve just finished week 44.

Life’s a bit tricky at the moment with trying to fit in work and doctorate studies around ongoing eye surgeries (and trying to have a life outside these things) but I’m just about managing to do it all.

Week 43 in review: read week 41 and 42 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words writtenVirtual health education: scaling practice to transform student learning article has been made available online by Nurse Education Today – click here for more info. 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 – assignment 3 is as done as it’s going to get. Now time to get working on assignment 4.
Cups of tea drunk –  Lost count, tea is so perfect, more tea please.
Miles run – Zero (eye surgeon’s orders) walked 5k (slowly) instead. Fair to say that marathon training isn’t going as well as it should, haha.
Kilometers swam -Zero (eye surgeon’s orders)
Miles cycled -Zero (eye surgeon’s orders)
Cakes baked –  chocolate fudge oreo cupcakes, baked strawberry donuts, chocolate plum cookies, sticky fruit and nut loaf, sour batter apricot cake, brack (see photos at end of post).
Crafting  done- Knitting on pause during this hot weather
Books read for pleasure –   Tell The Machine Goodnight, The Hunting Party  (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None this week
Movies / videos watched for doctorateVirtual Land sale price, The 100
Articles read for doctorate – Deteriorating Patients: Global Reach and Impact of an E-Simulation Program
Blogs read for doctorate – None this week
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none this week
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Meeting arranged for mid Oct
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary –  I am numb, numb I tell you!
Overall average stress level –  climbing
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • Brace for next eye op to try and resolve post surgery complication on 18th Oct.
  • Wait for my eye to full heal and vision to settle
  • 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!)
  • Begin first draft of assignment 4


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