Week 108: Neck Pain

Research-wise, this week hasn’t been very productive.

Last weekend, I attended a two-day session on Mental Health First Aider training, which was very useful, and I had a meaningful time learning about treatment and support for mental health. Here’s my review of the training course.

I didn’t have a chance to properly recuperate from lack of sleep and tiredness last week, and I’ve been suffering from neck pain this week! I probably twisted my neck when sleeping or while sitting for a long time. I had severe pain in my left shoulder and neck on Wednesday night. I woke up in the middle of the night several times because of the pain.

On Thursday morning, my neck and shoulder were extremely painful, but I had to teach. Searching for symptoms and treatment about neck pain, I felt relieved to know that most neck pain improves gradually with home treatment. I took a hot shower, prepared myself and set off for work.

The strange thing was that my shoulder and neck were completely normal when I was teaching. I felt no pain during it. I think it was a result of absolute concentration, and a painkiller helped too!

So, I have spent several days resting and relieving the stress…

The sad thing for all PhD students is that we end up using our weekends to catch up on work when it’s not progressed during the week. I am no exception and I am working this weekend.

 

 

Toastabag

I tried a Toastabag to make ham and cheese toasties in my toaster. I like it! It was very easy to place and pop the bag in the toaster, and it heated up really well.

My favourite toastie is white bread with honey roast ham, black pepper, Gruyère cheese and herbs!

 

 

Other toastie ideas are…

  • avocado and tomato cheese
  • corn and onion cheese
  • spiced ham and camembert
  • banana and chocolate
  • strawberry, banana and chocolate!

 

Every time I go back to Tokyo, for breakfast I make some toast with tiny sardines (shirasu) and cheese. This is a great combination and absolutely delicious. I found a blog post, An Acquired Taste of Japan: Shirasu! that describes the Japanese culture of having tiny sardines – it makes me hungry just reading it!

I hope you try out this traditional food and a new toastie with it 🙂

 

My achievements in Week 108

  • Enjoyed teaching my Week 2 classes
  • Started reading recent papers to update some sections of my literature review chapter and making notes

Goals for Week 109

  • Make a quick sketch of a section and send it to my supervisors (to check my understanding before I move on)
  • Make a full transcript of one case