Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★
After my life-threatening accident last year I returned to work on the 1st of February against the advice of many people. I thought getting back to work would help with my overall rehabilitation. Yes, in the sense that commuting to work and adapting my exercise programme to fit in with my workday would help my recovery. But no in the sense that my energy levels, both physical and mental, are nowhere near back to normal and hence my productivity or outputs remain low. As a result of my early return to work, I have not been focusing on my rehabilitation as much as I should have been; I have gone from doing 3 hours a day of rehab to maybe 3 hours a week. This is simply not enough for me to get back to normal.
It also became apparent to me that I can’t simply continue with the same-old and therefore something had to give. When I looked at my diary last week I realised I had no white space in it, i.e. big chunks of time for thinking, writing and taking on big projects such as our preventive neurology initiative.
I have therefore decided to reconfigure my academic work-life to re-engage with my physical and mental rehabilitation and to focus primarily on preventive neurology, in particular, MS prevention. So far I have resigned from 14 (and counting) MS-related initiatives I was involved in. My resignation from each is not about the individual initiatives but the gestalt and creating the necessary white space in my life for big projects.
As I will be focusing less on clinical issues and more on basic science and MS prevention I will be writing far fewer blog posts and answering fewer questions. I will keep you posted on how things evolve. The good news is that I have managed to start jogging albeit up-and-down the corridor outside my office. My ambition is to complete a parkrun, which is 5km, before the 21st of June.