Dear all, this is an open letter to students and staff of Computer Animation Arts after what must have been a disappointing and anti-climatic series of days - not least because the Tombola Of Dreams remains idle and its prizes undistributed, but more so for me because I was unable to enjoy the final crits and end the term on the traditional high. I was so looking forward to wearing my santa hat too.
This is the long and short of it: on Sunday night, I travelled out to France to screen an animation. I had a stye in my right eye - which is an unremarkable infection associated with being a bit knackered out. I had a red, swollen eyelid. Nothing to worry about. However, as more time passed, something strange began to happen to the surrounding skin, and I began to feel a bit more unwell. Meanwhile, my eye grew bigger and a little more revolting. On Tuesday night, one of my French colleagues took me to hospital. They diagnosed a bacterial infection.
By the time I got back to England on Wednesday night, I couldn't see out of my right eye at all and the blisters on my face were rivalling The Walking Dead in their general level of gruesomeness. I was diagnosed with Shingles on Thursday morning - which is the adult form of Chicken Pox, which is a viral infection, not a bacterial one, and which is the most painful and unpleasant thing I've ever experienced. This photograph below (rendered black and white for decency's sake!) was taken this morning. I'm on a whole bunch of meds, but I'm essentially bed-bound, because standing up hurts too much. Despite my rather dramatic appearance, I'm expected to make a full recovery - we're just not sure when. Writing this blog post is the most physical thing I've managed since I came home, but I was keen that you had a bit more information and didn't feel too let down in your important final week.
|"Shingle bells, shingle bells, shingle all the way"|
It's likely that the beginning of next term might still feel the ripples of this, as we're not sure of my recovery time. Rest assured, however, that we'll seek to minimise any disruption as best we can.
@ Year 2 / sessional theory lecturer Kath Abiker will be assessing your Postmodernism assignments on my behalf.
I do want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas - and also to congratulate my first years on completing term one. Well done all of you! It's no small achievement. I'm genuinely looking forward to checking out your final submissions when I'm feeling a little more like myself.