This week has been one with lots of learning, both personally and professionally.
- I facilitated two focus groups at work this week for my thesis. We discussed our experiences of working with the patients and I recorded it using a dictaphone. I’ll be transcribing each group discussion and then doing the analysis. I enjoy analysing this sort of data far more than questionnaires. You get such rich responses when you actually get people to talk about their experiences. It’s another thing ticked off my list and moving me closer to finishing 🙂
- I learnt that yet another person in my department feels similarly about how things are at work. We were all able to sit and laugh about things the other day and although the problem is still there, being able to laugh gives us some respite.
3. I’ve started to feed Charlie half kidney-diet food and half senior food. He was previously totally on a kidney diet and he often didn’t eat much. I couldn’t blame him as it smelt horrible! The lady at the cattery (who’s had many years’ experience with cats) suggested mixing in a bit of normal food with his kidney diet to try and help him eat. Cats can end up in a self-imposed anorexia because kidney disease makes them feel nauseous and so they avoid eating. So, getting him to eat is important. It seems to be working so we’ll keep on with it. To be honest, he is on borrowed time and I would rather he enjoy his food; he deserves that much.
4. Charlie’s pet insurance renews at the beginning of May and the insurer sent us the new policy. I’m grateful that there are no exclusions on his existing condition so that we can continue to get assistance in paying the vet bills. That’s a huge relief.
5. We have a three-day weekend again because of the bank holiday on Monday. There is always a holiday on the first Monday of May. I couldn’t tell you why, but I’m not going to grumble at a three-day weekend!
6. My work colleague and I (who I’m going to see a show with next week) were talking more about why we struggle so much at work. It’s funny how you can work with someone for a few years and then suddenly get to know so much about them. I really cherish our friendship and how it’s helping me to learn to trust people.
7. I got my mark through for my final case study and happy to say I passed! No more case studies! Another reminder of how close I am to finishing.
8. I seem to be managing my anxiety a little better at the moment. For the past month or so I had been using food to manage it, which I realise isn’t healthy. I’m making more effort to take care of myself which is good.
9. I also have a vlog on youtube. I’ve decided to take a break from posting on it as regularly, and also reduce posting on this blog to twice a week while I complete my studies. This is the final push for me now and I need to focus on it. In this sense, I’m proud that I’m practicing self-care and not pushing myself to do so much at once.
10. Alan will be cooking us roast dinner today, which is one of his favourite meals. He likes nothing more than shutting himself in the kitchen to cook the food. Who am I to complain?!
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