I am very new to epilepsy, and I am trying my best to be my own advocate when it comes to medical treatment, and in regards to my academic career as well as my job.
Long story short (you can see my first post, if you want some background information), I started having debilitating seizures and post-seizure recovery periods in the beginning of March. My Spring semester at my university began at the end of January. I tried my best to cope and make it to the end of the semester, but I just can't; I can't even leave the house some days because the seizures are so constant (despite taking medication).
This semester, it was very difficult to get in touch with my academic adviser because he is so overworked. Furthermore, I have been in the hospital three times since the seizures began. Despite this, I tried my very best to make it to the end of the semester. But, most days, my brain feels like "cooked spaghetti"; I just can't follow one line of thought through to the end. In the last 3 weeks, I haven't even been able to make it in to class; the seizures have gotten worse and worse.
I asked my adviser to petition for a "Withdrawal Excused", which means I would be able to be withdrawn from my classes, and allowed to re-enroll at a later date, without them affecting my GPA. He said that it was too late in the semester to petition the Dean of my college for a Withdrawal Excused. He added that another student had tried this, and that the Dean had denied her, too. Now, I am left to receive whatever grades are given to me, and re-take the classes next semester. Luckily, this won't impact my financial aid award next semester. But, I don't think this is at all fair.
I had no idea I had epilepsy until the middle of March, and I had no idea how bad it would be - or, that it would cause for me so many learning disabilities. Is there anything that can be done? I know that because I will have to re-take all of these classes, my financial aid award will probably run out before I even graduate. I am annoyed, and I feel like I am just being thrown aside for now - but, this is going to be a BIG problem for me in the future. What should I do? Who do I ask for help?