helen-louise (baratron) wrote,
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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.
Tags: aargh, college, conferences, departmental politics (stupid), disability, pain
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