I have spent over an hour trying to rewrite just one bloody paragraph - I certainly hope that things will get better :-/
Things are getting a little better, but I am going to have to nail down dates and try to make sense of note scribbles. I am also very aware that I have the beginnings of a cold, bogged down by sneezing and shivers.
I can't believe that I could make such a long, drawn-out rewrite of this abstract. I think it's because a) I am aware that some of the terminolgy that I need to use is way above my head at the moment, compounded by b) feeling like crap and wanting to roll in a ball and hibernate.
It is done for now - it is full of holes, but it is early on in the course and right now, I am beyond caring.