Post # 1
Holy crap. I’m fragile and sensitive and was apprehensive when I learned I was supposed to work with kids 27 hours a week on top of 4 grad classes. Holy crap. I got a cold last Tuesday, which put me out for a while and made me miss Thursday, both work and class. I have asthma which is illness induced so it sent me into an asthma attack. Typical cold, congestion, low low fever, just ick. I pushed through.
SOO I thought I was finally kicking it… My asthma was better, congestion was going away, but because of my crazy schedule (12 hour days Monday and Tuesday, with only an hour or two break in the middle), I wasn’t able to keep up my breathing treatments for my asthma. SO. I woke up this morning…
SO MUCH PAIN. My asthma had gotten really bad. I went to work and class anyway, squeezing in a treatment between. Then everything starts to snowball… I’m even more nauseous than I have been in the last week, and I start to feel feverish. After dinner, I check… 100.0. Holy crap. Since then I’ve spiralled, my asthma getting worse, 100.9 and I feel like I’m gonna throw up. I took out my NuvaRing in case it was making it worse, only had it for a month and have had lots of bad experiences with nausea with the few types of birth control I’ve tried.
Now pretty sure I had a cold, which started to go away, and now I have the flu. I’m gonna get so behind in school. I haven’t been sick in FOREVER and don’t deal with it well. I’m so exhausted mentally, physically, emotionally, and spritually from my schedule. I know I’m supposed to be here and will probably get better once I’m healthy, but holy crap, I don’t feel like I’ll ever get better 🙁
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Wonderful ideas, both of you. My school doesn’t have a health clinic, but I’m going to check syllabuses and figure out who may or may not need a note. They are pretty understanding for the most part. It is rough… I am definitely NOT going back until I’m 100%, this is gonna land me in the hospital soon if I don’t recover and rest. Thankfully, my advisor is wonderful, and she already knew I was sick and run down because we had a meeting on Monday. So I think I’m gonna send her an email if/when I don’t get better by Monday. She is wonderful and I’m so blessed that she’s wonderful. Definitely not trying to play the system haha!
But I agree, grad school is a sucky time to get sick like this. And I defintiely sense that the physical part is messing with my mental and emotional part… I had a nervous breakdown on Tuesday that left me sobbing and zombie-like (just “sick and tired of being sick and tired”). My poor Fiance. Still feel like death itself but hopefully sleep will help! Thanks for the encouragment, Bees 🙂
Post # 6
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
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.