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What would you do if you were me? - helen-louise
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What would you do if you were me?
So... I have received a hospital appointment letter for a course of physiotherapy, the first session of which clashes with the Graduate Symposium where I am supposed to be presenting a poster.

It is 4 consecutive weeks and you have to go to all 4. It runs from Thursday 18th June until Thursday 9th July, meaning that if I call back and say "I can't go", the next session is unlikely to be until Thursday 16th July. And that's if the physiotherapist isn't on holiday.

It wouldn't be so bad if it was in the morning, but it's 3.15-4.15pm. Ordinarily, this would be great - I'm always complaining about appointments from the Pain Clinic in the morning considering how brain-dead most people with chronic pain are at stupid o'clock. However, while I don't have the timetable for the Graduate Symposium yet, every year I've been aware of, the poster session has been on Thursday afternoon.

The timetable has not yet been printed or distributed. I pretty much have to be at the poster presentation (rather than just sticking my poster up and running away) since answering questions about one's poster is part of the assessment process. Even though I am never going to win any prizes because I'm a chemist in a biology department, and the likelihood is that I won't even be able to answer half the questions I get asked!

I have, for now, emailed my supervisor.

I assume the next step is emailing the conference organiser to check when the poster session will actually be, and calling the hospital to find out if they have any other times sooner than 16th July.

What other bright ideas can you think of? Sympathy also welcomed.

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bethanthepurple From: bethanthepurple Date: 31st May 2015 14:40 (UTC) (Link)
I have a litany of swearwords for you:
Fuck fuck fuck fuck FUCK.

Absolutely unfair. Grrr.
From: fluffymormegil Date: 31st May 2015 15:11 (UTC) (Link)
I am a lack of bright ideas on this one. *hugs*
thekumquat From: thekumquat Date: 31st May 2015 15:39 (UTC) (Link)
How desperate are you for the physio? How much would a delay until say September affect you? Given that physio may well not help that much beyond your current coping mechanisms, my instinct is to do the poster as that would be far harder to rearrange. FWIW I did a 5-session pain management course which had dire warnings that you had to come to all 5 and definitely not miss the first one. Two people did and just got given extra reading before the next one. So could still be an option.
kshandra From: kshandra Date: 31st May 2015 16:44 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, BLAH. I'm sorry, love.
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