I spent unproductive days last week; it was like being lost in a maze. But I have returned to my study routine this week. I have tried to write for two hours a day, which has given me many ideas, enough to make the methodology section clearer and to write the outlines and some sections of Chapter 2.
I also had a Skype meeting with a Japanese scholar, in order to ask some technical questions on clinical practice. His responses to my questions were extremely helpful and solved in a flash all the problems that I had had for the past weeks.
If I had contacted him earlier, the problems would have been solved quickly. When I was hesitating to ask the busy scholar my questions, Luca and my friends encouraged me to try, saying ‘If you don’t ask questions, how can you find out more and improve the medical field?’ Without such encouragement, I might not have been able to continue my research.
Since I started my PhD programme in January, I have written drafts of Chapters 1 and 3, some summaries for Chapter 2, and ethics applications and information sheets for participants, all of which sounds like a lot of work. But I have also spent much time checking guidelines and databases, doing paperwork, teaching, reading, and so on. I could do more writing. I would really like to complete the drafts of Chapters 1, 2 and 3 by the end of the year.
On Friday, my colleague and I went to a Japanese restaurant for dinner. I had sashimi and red wine, and sesame ice cream after the meal. It was a lovely treat for us!
My achievements in Week 46:
- Edited Chapters 1 and 2
- Gained much advice on the criteria for and process of data collection
- Read some materials on qualitative approach
Goals for Week 47:
- Edit Chapters 1, 2 and 3
- Send revised Chapters 1 and 2 to my supervisors
- Submit Fieldwork Leave Form