“Doing” a Doctorate – week 26

Published on Friday 4th May 2018 by DJ Kirkby

The NoObesity Apps paper which I submitted for FTC18 has been accepted. Seriously. I know, I can hardly believe it either! Now there’s just the not inconsiderable issues of funding to overcome.  Health Education England have offered to contribute a third of my travel and conference fees, and I have submitted the funding application for the remainder to the work conference funding lottery. I need to register by the 15th May so the torturous wait for a decision will be over soon, one way or another.

I had a meeting with the Deputy Designated Nurse for Safeguarding in Dorset CCG yesterday who is very interested in the VRLE I want to build for safeguarding. She’s keen to collaborate with me on this project as well as coauthor an article so, exciting times ahead – now just the small matter of figuring out how I will fit this extra work in as my CILVRS project is not part of my day to day job as a midwifery lecturer.

My mom and I have matchy matchy lumpy hand veins (see photo at bottom of post) and she found out this week that hers isn’t actually a vein but is instead a tumour of some sort. So we’re just waiting for her appointment with the specialist to find out which type of tumour, and then I will make an appointment to have mine reviewed. Not wanting to sound ungrateful but, I would have much preferred to inherit her nice slim legs or wrinkle free skin….????

Went to vote after work yesterday evening, didn’t seem to be many people doing the same. I found out this morning that there are over 11000 on the electoral role in the area we live in and less than 4000 bothered to vote! The shame of it all. We are so incredibly lucky to live in a country run by democracy and a huge majority of eligible voters don’t seem to appreciate that.

Week 26: read week 25 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written – Next article about my CILVRS VRLE project planned, just need to find the time to start writing it. Perhaps I’ll squeeze it in on my evenings and weekends once “Death by Meths” has been submitted and isn’t using up that time.  Still waiting to hear back from NET about the article I submitted at the beginning of February. Someone told me I may be waiting until September! I am hoping that was a joke….
Doctorate assignment words written – 4812 (of 5000) on assignment no 2 about methodologies and methods (a.k.a. Death by Meths). I will finish it this weekend (who needs a weekend to relax, right?).
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion, let’s be honest, this number is never going to change….I think I’m an addict
Miles run – 3.2 miles
Miles swam – zero. Because, no time between finishing work, squeezing in family time before (my) bed time.
Miles cycled – Zero (can’t see well enough to cycle safely)
Cakes baked –  a vegan carrot cake with vegan cream cheese icing and candied carrot roses   See my recipe section for various recipes.
Crafting  done- I’ve knit two cannula sleeve for  dementia patients and started a third one. They have lots of different types of yarn, patterns and twiddly bits to provide distraction.
Books read for pleasure The Brighton Mermaid, The Fear  (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None actually, lalalalalaaaaa
Movies watched for doctorate – None
Articles read for doctorate – None
Blogs read for doctorate – None this week
Research undertaken – None this week – really need to find time to get back to this
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – yes, feeling very grateful for the LD support I have been given. Still trying to source ALN support and it seems I’ll have to go private for this and the autism specific mentoring I need as the Uni ALS Team isn’t able to provide either of these.
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary –  quite high
Overall average stress level –  high
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • Undergo  more training to learn how to fully utilise ALN tech equipment next Weds
  • Finish Death by Meths assignment, and submit it.
  • Wait for eye op appointment to arrive (have had pre-op date but still waiting for op date)
  • 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!)
  • Bake more
  • Continue knitting cannula arms sleeves for dementia patients and start crocheting seat cushions for garden furniture
  • Draft next CULVRS VRLE article
  • Draft safeguarding VRLE article
  • Read more for fun
  • 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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