Where I’ve been…

Hello! It’s been a hot minute, hasn’t it?

I wanted to drop by and write a brief post about where I’ve been for the last 6 weeks. I had so many exciting posts lined up, and lots of great additions for HealthPsychTam, but things got real hectic, real quick!

Conference acceptance…

At the end of 2018 I was delighted to have an abstract accepted for the American Psychosomatic Society annual meeting that was taking place in Math 2019, in beautiful Vancouver.

This was absolutely wonderful (especially as I was accepted for an oral presentation!). But I had gone out on a bit of a limb funding wise, having used up my research training support grant and a number of other sources.

Thankfully, I managed to scrape the money together from various sources and I was on my way. Flights booked for March 4th and a return on March 12th, arriving back to the UK on March 13th.


Around this time, I also heard about a surgery I had been waiting for since July 2018.

I was given a date, which happened to be March 18th and the surgery was to take place in Cornwall. This was because I wanted to be around my family whilst I recovered.

But the surgery was 5 days after arriving back from Canada, and that weekend I had promised to house/dog/child sit for a family friend. I had to be back in Cornwall for 4pm on the 17th to, let’s say, ‘prepare’ for the surgery.

I also decided that I was going to move out of my room and back to my family in Cornwall. Recovery was 3-6 weeks, so it made sense to do that, and not waste money on rent when I wasn’t living there.

This essentially meant that I had about ten days to prepare for Canada. One week presenting and getting involved in lots of exciting APS stuff. Then ONE night to pack up all my stuff. A couple of days helping my friend out and then a drive back to Cornwall, with surgery happening the next day.

Amazingly, this all worked out ok and ran like clockwork.

Everything went smoothly! And that’s where I’ve been!

I am now exactly three weeks post-op as of today, and I am slowly recovering.

It’s taking time and I’ve had to extend my imagined recovery period a couple of times. I still have a habit of aiming for the minimum estimate and then having to completely re-evaluate my expectations!

The great thing is, despite having major surgery during a quite important part of my PhD (writing up) and taking short-term leave, I’ve learnt and been reminded of A LOT in these last six weeks (nourishment barrier, anyone?!).

This means I have plenty of content coming up here on HealthPsychTam – when I’m not writing my thesis…!

Thanks for sticking with me and for supporting this journey of mine. I appreciate it more than you know!

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Until next time 🙂

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