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27-05-2016, 07:26 PM
Presenting a paper
I've just been asked to present a paper I just finished writing at a conference in Paris in September, in French.

My specialism is medical ethics and addiction.

Anyway, it's giving me huge anxiety. I've managed to identify a relationship between a new treatment and the underlying causes of impulse aggression and this has created a bit of a buzz in the addictions field.

I don't feel up to doing this at all. I'm semi retired, and my wife has stroke damage and I have cared for her for many years and we have both become reclusive as she exhibits behaviour which is often socially unacceptable due to her brain damage. She has also just had surgery on her stomach as it became blocked and she couldn't eat and eventually went into a coma for five days.

I suppose posting here diverts my attention away from the agony of dealing with this situation but it also creates stress for me as my wife feels neglected. Perhaps finishing the paper will help as it consumed me for the past year and a half and I have researched it for nearly six years.

We also have care of a 91 year old lady who has no family and has a bit of dementia. I have to say that she is much better now and living back in her own house after six months with us. My wife was not able to cope well with the dementia, given her own condition and she stopped her own medication, couldn't eat due to her stomach blockage and went into a severe meltdown which ended her up in hospital. I had to fly her to Belgium for emergency surgery last week and she is still in recovery, both physically and mentally.

It's such a shame as our son is thriving here in a private school, getting good grades, and the weather is fantastic. But with my wife's health in shreds, I have to pull back from what I have been doing and not stress myself or her.

I would prefer to have the paper peer reviewed first, rather than present it at a conference.

Anyway, just thought I would share that dilemma with you all.
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27-05-2016, 07:43 PM
RE: Presenting a paper
Do you have a coauthor? I always make them do the presentation at the conference.

(27-05-2016 07:26 PM)Deltabravo Wrote:  I would prefer to have the paper peer reviewed first, rather than present it at a conference.

That's not a conference worth going to. If it ain't peer reviewed it ain't even a middle tier conference.

#sigh
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