In April of 2008 I decided to return to school.
Because I’d gone on disability 18 years earlier and had student loans discharged based on health issues that were still in existence, I had to get doctor approval to go back (well, to get financial aid I did).
So, some of my docs were not for it at all “but you’re on strong immunosuppressants! you’ll be sick all the time” “what will you do if you go into crisis and have to spend 2 weeks in the hospital?” (happened a few times)
My primary care doc (thankfully) said
“I’m not sure it’s a healthy choice but I understand, how about if we set up some parameters” and she, having known me for not very long, signed the papers.
So, I go in a few weeks ago (lost track of when, this semester some time) and I’m tired, worn out and overloading .. and she asks what classes I’m taking and what else is going on.
I tell her I’m in over my head with 15 hours , PTK/AA; SGA and independent study. She looks at me (having done one herself in school) and says “What happened to our agreement of no more than 12 hours and no extra curricular activities?”
“um, you didn’t know me well when I agreed to it?”
I feel like I’m falling under and avalanche … something somewhere has to be cut .. either out or back and I’m not sure which would be the best thing to do …
I do know my body is reacting to the stress … the headaches, kidney function, fatigue and pain increasing …
I also know that the following list comes now where NEAR my original agreement with the doctor:
Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association OK/ARK region – Web Services Officer
Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow
Student Government Association –
Student Services Chair
Psych Club SGA Rep
Movie Night Chair
Letter to Servicemen
Student Advisory Board
SGA Rep (already listed under SGA responsibilities)
Independent Research 3 hours (supervised by Dr. Steven Byers)
Math for Critical Thinking 3 hours
History and Systems 3 hours
Behavior Analysis and Management 3 hours
Psychology of the Minority Experience 3 hours