(Closed) Endlessly sick and ruining my grad program. VENT.

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m so sorry to hear that. Most schools have resources for students with legimate illness, so make sure you use them! Talk to your advisor/boss about the fact that you’ve been ill. Go to the school health clinic so they can write a note verifying your illness and send a copy to the professors of your courses. Let all of the professors know that you’ve been ill, but you’re working hard to get back on track. As long as they know you’re not trying to game the system, most professors are pretty understanding.

Get well soon!

Post # 4
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Grad school is a horrible time to be sick – it makes everything feel so much more stressful and upsetting.

I tend to get sick near the beginning of the semester in the fall and stay sick until about February, so I know the feeling (and every time I kick it, my daughter comes home from school with a new cold). Really take enough time to regroup. Get the rest you need, make sure you’re getting your breathing treatments, and get in to see some kind of health practioner so you can provide notes to your profs. Honestly, it *will* get better, but take care of the physical part first – being physically healthy makes it a lot easier to stay on top of how you’re feeling mentally and emotionally.

Post # 6
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s so tough to be sick in grad school.  I know I always felt miserable (physically and emotionally) when I got sick during my program.  It isn’t like missing a day of work… you have assignments and material that you have to be there to cover or turn in on time.  If you don’t, more just piles up.  The most frustrating thing ever.  I hope you’re feeling better.  

Post # 7
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Let everyone know you’ve been sick. If you’re not able to catch up and need to retroactively withdraw (or get extensions on everything), this kind of documentation will be essential.

ALSO — make sure that you get yourself to the doctor and get checked over for everything. If you’re working with kids, you’re going to be exposed to EVERYTHING, and so that probably explains why you’re getting sick. But probably good to make sure there’s not something immune-related going on.

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