“Doing” a Doctorate – week 33

Published on Saturday 23rd June 2018 by DJ Kirkby

My eyesight has deteriorated to the point where I now need a guide if I am racing where there is mixed terrain.  I made a silly back card to jolly myself along about it  which you can see at the bottom of this post (I loosely based it on the original and much better lyrics by Kevin Kadish / Meghan Trainor in their song All About That Bass).

In other sight impairment related news (apologies to those of you who were fooled by the post title and came here to read a blog about a doctorate), I have deferred a race that I was supposed to run on 7th July because the race director said there was numerous exposed hazards and I thought that would be tricky to navigate even with a guide.

I’m also struggling to see students’s faces when I am teaching….this makes it difficult to know whether they are paying attention and to hear their questions properly because I can’t see their mouths move.  This isn’t too much of a problem in a standard classroom as I can walk up and down the rows of desks, but when I am teaching in  a room with theatre style seating I am not able to see the students from middle of the row onwards. At which point the question becomes a parody of every comedy sitcom featuring a deaf person, ever. What? You’ll have to speak up…I can’t hear you! Etc.

However, I may actually be getting a bit hard of hearing too and did suggest to my husband that we could put the subtitles on the TV when we watch a movie but he quite rightly pointed out that I wouldn’t be able to see the subtitles at the moment. SIGH. Good thing I rarely watch TV.

Luckily, when I am at my desk working,  I can increase the size of the documents on my screen, and have had to do so to the point where I suspect that those whose desks are at the back of of our very large shared office can now also see what I am working on, should they care to look.

Worst of all (depending on your perspective) is that I can’t see to decorate cakes properly anymore so I think they end up looking a bit sloppy.

So my vision impairment is now beginning to impact on my ability to freely exercise, to teach like a ninja, and to decorate cakes, but I am trying to remind myself that the visual impairment is only temporary and the surgery is almost guaranteed to improve my eyesight. Shaddap and be grateful, right? Yes.

Normal service in which I blither on about my doctorate will resume next week. You’re welcome.

Week 33 in review: read week 32 by clicking here

Publishable doctorate words written – NET article submission feedback still pending. Camera ready FTC18 article has been submitted.
Doctorate assignment words written – getting actual words on paper for assignment number three begins today.
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion, let’s be honest, this number is never going to change….I think I’m an addict
Miles run – 13
Miles swam – Zero
Miles cycled – Zero ( can’t see well enough to cycle safely)
Cakes baked –  I made a chocolate caramel layer cake because youngest is off to Explorer camp and cake is always on the kit list.
Crafting  done- I’ve knit two cannula sleeves for dementia patients and nearly completed a third one.
Books read for pleasure – The Break Line   (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None this week
Movies / videos watched for doctorate
Articles read for doctorate – *looks away*
Blogs read for doctorate – *whistles*
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Booked in dates for submission of future assignment drafts
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – I didn’t bother trying because there is no room in work diary for anything but ‘work work’ at the moment
Overall average stress level – very high
Average success rate – poor

Plan for next week:

  • Wait for eye op appointment to arrive (the hospital is currently working through those who breached the waiting list in March so it will be some time before they get to me)
  • 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 patio chair cushions
  • Begin working on assignment three
  • Draft second CILVRS 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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