“Doing” a Doctorate – week 40

Published on Friday 10th August 2018 by DJ Kirkby

My eye consultant had a cancellation so he offered the operation slot to me. I got the call literally two minutes after I had walked out of work to start my 3 week holiday. Of course I said yes to the operation date, I’ve been waiting for it since Feb 9th and it’s getting quite difficult to do some things (like running, cycling, hearing what students beyond the front row are asking because I can’t see their mouths move). I was only planning on being at home writing assignment number 4 anyway (along with some sea swims and lots of running) so I will probably have more of a standard holiday type rest while recovering from surgery than I would have had on my actual holiday.

Not sure when I’ll get assignment 4 written now which is a bit of a worry…oh goody, something new to worry about! I suppose if I didn’t have something to worry about then I would only worry about having nothing to worry about…ooooh and soon I’ll be able to worry about all the weight I’ve gained because of not doing any exercise whilst still eating desserts.

Not sure if I’ll be able to write my post next week. I know I am able to do a ‘bit’ of reading and to do a ‘bit’ of screen time but wont know what that will translate into in the immediate post op reality. Certainly for the first couple weeks post op I know it will be nowhere neat the amounts I am used to now, but it will be worth the boredom post op if it means I end up with a functioning eye.

Week 40 in review: read week 39 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written – NET article minor amendments made and resubmitted. FTC18 article is finished.  CILVRS pilot poster completed. 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 – eleventymillion, let’s be honest, this number is never going to change….I think I’m an addict
Miles run – 3
Kilometers swam – None, oooopps. I do appear to have signed up to swim 5k in the swimathon next year though. I do worry about my sanity sometimes….
Miles cycled – Zero ( can’t see well enough to cycle safely)
Cakes baked –  Banana, date and raisin loaf, rhubarb and apple pie, peach tarts (see photo at end of post).
Crafting  done- Knitting on pause during this hot weather
Books read for pleasure –  Your Closest Friend by Karen Perry  (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None this week
Movies / videos watched for doctorateDemonstration of how AI increases the impact of accounts from anonymous witnesses / interviewers,
Articles read for doctorate –  Using AI to change the face of anonymous witnesses / interviewers,
Blogs read for doctorate – None this week
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 – None this week
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – No guilt, I am now on holiday and once my eye heals I can use any remaining holiday time to work on assignment number 4 (after my eye heals)
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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