Because the first one didn’t go as well as it could have.
Pilot studies are pretty integral when you go exploring in uncharted territory. Doubly so when you’re borrowing a technique and then changing bits and pieces of it. While the technique is pretty established and relatively fool-proof, changing it up has had it’s issues.
Now I had set this up on Monday this week. It’s currently Friday and two days behind my intended schedule for my first data point collection. And that was because I had set it up Monday morning, then promptly developed a fever Monday night. After spending three days in bed running a 38-39 (102-103?) degree fever, I hoisted my ass out of bed dosed on enough drugs to make sure I don’t screw up a 10 minute plate read.
This entire shebang would’ve been a lot easier if I didn’t live a 2 hour train ride away. Even now as I type on the train I can feel the cold sweat and clammy feeling on my skin.
And im going to try my hardest not to sneeze onto my indicator plates.