“Doing” a Doctorate – week 13

Published on Friday 2nd February 2018 by DJ Kirkby

I’ll be honest (when am I ever anything but?), it’s been a bit of a shit week really. My dad collapsed and was rushed to hospital (he is ‘ok’, thanks for asking), I had way too much work to do and not enough time to do it so worked 12 hour + days with no days off to try and get on top of it (yes, I do know this happens to everyone occasionally and that it wont last forever, but still!), my husband is still very poorly, and there were two tsunami warnings plus flooding, mudslides and sinkholes for the Island my mom lives on, my good knee is troubling me when I run as is the left side of my pubic bone which hasn’t been right since I ran it into a bollard in Oct, and other physical ailments are being irksome too (TMI?). Both my parents live in the West Coast of Canada so I’ve spent much of the week poised to ‘rush’ over there….except there is no rushing as it takes nearly 24 hours travel door to door so that’s stressful too, as is the cost of nearly £1000.00 for last minute plane fare plus the fact that my eyesight is so bad now that I’m not sure how well I’d cope navigating myself from airport to ferry to parents homes. And it’s a biiiiiiiiiiiig country to get lost in!

Some good things happened this week too though….I got on top of some of my work, I’m sleeping better since I switched to a vegan diet (no idea why), I got to spend some time with my grandson, I attended a wonderful, interesting, and informative conference designed and hosted by our student midwife reps find out more at #BUStudentMidwives, and this fabulous Twitter hashtag #handhelds needs a mention because it links to Prof. Debbie Holly’s inaugural lecture on the advances in virtual reality based education, and my Doctorate research pilot was included (see pics below). Now if you’ll excuse me I’ll just be over here trying to fit my inflated ego through the door….

Week 13: read week 12 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written –  The first (co-authored) article about my research project is one step away from being ready for submission! Have to say that was a painful process. Mind you this is only the 2nd academic article I’ve ever written for submission so I can still cling to the hope it gets easier with practice.
Doctorate assignment words written 1st essay submitted on Jan 19th – now waiting for feedback which I should get next Friday thanks to Bournemouth Uni’s 3 week marking turnaround policy.
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion (still with plant based milk – I have decided to stay vegan because trying it out for Veganuary proved to be the easiest lifestyle change I’ve ever made).
Miles run – 13 only because my good knee had a wobble during my long run last Sat and I ended up having to walk the last bit. So I have been resting my knee in readiness for the half marathon this  Sun. I’ll strap my knee with kinesthesiolopgy tape and hope for the best. I know, I KNOW….but, I’m a runner….I’ve never pretended to be sensible. And, don’t even get me started on my other ailments which are being aggravated by running! I can run and try to deal with the physical wear in various ways or I can have out of control anxiety. Which would you choose?
Cakes baked –  just some breakfast cookies (too busy with work to have leftover energy for baking – which will not happen again!) See my recipe section for various recipes.
Crafting done – none, because eyesight is rubbish now
Books read for pleasureLook For Me by Lisa Gardner  (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – The Future Computed
Movies watched for doctorate – iBoy
Articles read for doctorate –  none though I have been catching up with reading tweets by Eric Topol, A posthumous article about the rather fabulous Ursula Le Guinn
Blogs read for doctorate – Resources for the neurodiverse doctoral student  COPMRE post about medical simulation which has a photo of someone using my CILVRS virtual reality learning environment (which is VERY EXCITING if you are…me)
Research undertaken – Will begin second batch of research with new cohort in March 2018
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – none
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – Impossible
Overall average stress level – Extreme
Average success rate – zilch (this week)

Plan for next week:

  • Submit article
  • Watch for email from a Prof. at ECU about engaging their healthcare students in my research
  • Run Half Marathon race
  • Bake more
  • Cuddle grandchildren as much as possible
  • Read more for fun
  • See eye consultant to get both surgeries scheduled
  • Allow myself to get distracted by all things shiny and appreciate that for the future creativity and benefit it may add to my doctorate

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