I recently had an issue with a professor, who "claims" to be empathetic towards my situation but honestly does not understand IC at all. I recently had a bad flare up before a practical exam, needless to say I got next to no sleep and showed up to the practical very very shaky. I was upset and in pain and trying my best not to show it. However, I did not preform at my "top" level, but the Professor passed me. Fast forward a couple of weeks, to my hospital clinical site (a day we spend in the hospital caring for a real patient) with the same professor. She pulls me aside and tells me I am looking "stressed" after I recently argued with her over a poor grade on an essay. I was upset over the grade because she offered to look over papers handed in early and provide feed-back, I sent her the paper THREE weeks early and all I got back was that the paper was "okay"--then she failed me. While, others in my class got PAGES worth of notes and all got A's or B's on the paper. Sooo..I started to get very upset and then I started to cry. Frankly, I was overwhelmed I have been on the Elmiron & antihistamine drug therapy so I am very tired and it does not do much for my pain--so I'm generally in a lot of pain too. So I got upset, started to cry, and told her my dog recently died (the truth) and that I have been having some "personal" issues. I loath blaming things on my IC and try instead to blame crying on PMS or make a vague excuse. Also, at the time I was on Elavil for IC which is a drug that is used to treat pain but can cause emotional mood swings. I attempted to explain this to her after I calmed down at which time she told me she felt she should have failed me on my practical and that I should not be a nursing major. Needless to say I walked away feeling terrible. Then today I got called into the assistant Dean's office because the professor reported that I was "suicidal" (I AM NOT!)--because I broke down and cried in front of her once?! Do I have a right to feel outraged? Also, I have to see this professor on Tuesday for an evaluation of my performance this semester--what should I do? Play it cool? Bring it up? Should I fight allowing her to do my eval and possibly tank my grade?--I need help!!! Sorry this is such a LONG first post--thanks for all thoughts!
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