First of all, I would like to apologise for my absence this month! I’ve been ill pretty much the entire time, which has stopped me from doing a lot the things I would normally be doing.
I started off just feeling really tired all the time and getting a few headaches, but then I started getting multiple nosebleeds a day, periods of dizziness and really sore teeth (weird!). Add to that I then managed to get food poisoning and I haven’t had a very successful month at all.
Despite being ill, I had to soldier on and finish my work as during this time I’ve had a dissertation chapter and two essays to hand in – so it’s quite important stuff! I found it very difficult but in the end I got there and managed to hand everything in on time, feeling pretty happy with the end of result of each piece of work.
This isn’t always the case, however. There may be other, more serious, illnesses you pick up that stop you from completing your work to a high standard on time. Some people can push themselves to finish their work on time, but it might be the best they can do and it may also worsen their physical condition!
So my advice would be to consult both a doctor (the Victoria Park Health Centre is close to campus!) and your department well in advance of the deadline if you think you’re going to be effected by your symptoms.
The doctor can give you a clear idea of exactly what is wrong, and provide a medical note if it is necessary that you inform the University about your illness – particularly if it is going to affect your academic work.
Speaking to your department is really helpful, particularly if you’re not sure that your illness will count as ‘Mitigating Circumstances’, which would allow you to have any late penalties waved from your assignments. They have a lot of experience with this and can give you advice on whether you are eligible and what to do next.
The main thing is – don’t suffer in silence!