Since starting back to uni after the holidays, I've had basically zero motivation and it's been so hard to focus on work. I don't know whether there's just too much going on in the world right now or I'm too stressed about the progress of my PhD but I've been feeling so frustrated and guilty because there's so much I need to do.

This past week has been first in several weeks now that I've felt properly productive and it feels so wonderful! I'm writing another review so I'm currently reading through the articles I'm planning to include and making extensive notes. I've a busy few weeks ahead, so hopefully this motivation continues!!

So, in case you haven’t heard, the UK has decided that disabled people are disposable. 

The linked article (dated 13th February 2021) describes how ‘do not resuscitate’ orders have been inappropriately and unethically applied to coronavirus patients simply for having a learning disability. If that wasn’t bad enough, many of these patients have the mental capacity to make their own decisions, but have not been consulted. 

This is an unacceptable and lethal display of ableism, and I have compiled a list of ways to help HERE. 

Please do what you can, even if it’s just a reblog. 

Staying to Help

Great teams have both youthful ambition and battle-worn experience. In the body, the experience of past trials is provided by immune cells called memory T cells, which persist after one infection to guard against returning foes. These are well studied in some parts of the body like the blood, but relatively unknown within tissues themselves. A new study has revealed them in the lungs, lingering long after influenza infection and able to tackle reinfection, even from a different strain of the virus. Keeping watch at the infection site makes sense, and researchers found both alarm-raising cells and those that empower B cells – other immune system players that produce disease-fighting antibodies. The T cells (highlighted pink) closely aligned with B cells (blue) on infection to boost the defensive action. If vaccinations against any viruses could boost the production of these resident guardians, they could provide longer-lasting immunity, even against new, lockdown-inducing variants.

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Day 17 and 18/100 of productivity

Day 17, 25.01.2021

Today’s pathology test was okayish. I didn’t do very well but, considering a week and more long sickness I think I need to cut some slack. It’s alright, things like this happen - I’ve told my self repeatedly.

The second half of the day however was very productive. I managed to finish 2 topics from immunology and I’m proud of this feat. It’s 1am so, I’m going to go get some sleep. I want to use tomorrow to study and prep for the next exams.

Day 18, 26.01.2021

I’d call today a half success. I managed to finish studying 1 unti for parasitology. 2 more to go ( I have the lecture notes and slides) but I’ll wake up early and do them in the morning.