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I have a post up today on Tenure, She Wrote about structural financial barriers in academia for chronically ill graduate students.

If a worker is less productive, should they be paid less? This is not an abstract question for me.

As a sick graduate student, I take longer to produce academic products like papers and degrees than the average well graduate student. Instead of the 4-5 years expected for a PhD student here, I’ll likely take 6-7 years. Additionally, my living expenses are higher because of my illness; despite living in a country with socialized medicine, I still have thousands and thousands of dollars a year in uncovered medical expenses.

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What is an aura?

For years I didn’t think I had aura with my migraine attacks because the way doctors described it wasn’t the way I experienced in terms of symptoms, timing, and duration. If you have weird experiences before or during your migraine, it’s likely you have aura, too. Check out this nice little descriptive study to get a feel for the awesome variation in auras.

Clinical features of migraine aura: Results from a prospective diary-aided study