Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Caroline and I am a PhD student at the University of Sheffield. My research project focuses on Striga - a genus of parasitic plants that devastates harvests by infecting food crops. I am exploring the defence reactions that can make host plants more resistant against Striga. Due to my ongoing battles with anorexia, I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked but I am determined to finish the course.

This blog charts the ups and downs of life in the lab, plus my dreams to become a science communicator and forays into public engagement and science policy....all while trying to keep my mental and physical health intact. Along the way, I'll also be sharing new plant science stories, and profiles of some of the researchers who inspire me on this journey. So whether you have a fascination for plants, are curious about what science research involves, or just wonder what exactly I do all day, read on - I hope you find it entertaining!

Saturday 15 February 2014

A short update

It may have been a thoroughly wet Valentine's Day but that didn't dampen my mood as I was FINALLY discharged from hospital. If I had known at the start how "a few days" would turn into five WEEKs....! Thank you to everyone who was kind enough to send me cards and letters to keep me going in there. It was wonderful NOT to be woken up this morning for my "obs" to be done (temperature, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, etc). I won't be able to return to work just yet, until my GP declares me fit. For now though, I am just revelling in the freedom! (especially WiFi!)
Although it does mean I have to change the bed myself now...
Some of the many cards and letters I was sent in hospital. Thank you to all my kind nrighbours, family and friends!

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