Very bad today, dear Diary. Overwhelming feelings of loneliness and… - Dr. Holiday Wednesday
The opinion of a sycophantic and inexperienced thing with an obviously complimentary research inclination is certainly not what you need at the moment. Nevertheless, forgive my intrusion.
Your work is far from flash-in-the-pan doctor. It has significance and merit beyond 'party tricks', without a doubt. I will admit that a broader application of your research might be far removed from what I would implement, but still, it has meaning. Perhaps the larger issue here is that your exceptional work has more or less existed in something of a vacuum. In order to be of lasting significance, the research must be incorporated, molded, reinvented, modified, and overall adsorbed into the community. As petty, shallow, and ridiculous as the community is, it is only as a whole that is has any impact.
I daresay you need a collaborator. One of your level and intelligence, who can expand your findings.
As for Nicole and your interpersonal life, I wouldn't sell yourself short. Nicole will be fine, I believe. Academics are usually free to forge their own identities after leaving their place of education, less than being discredited. Do remember she stays with you of her own volition. I'd say she genuinely cares for you.
I hope this cloud passes for you soon, doctor. But, as I said, my words are tainted. I shall halt them here.