Scratching my head over a Verification of Illness form
July 29, 2012 9:25 PM Subscribe
Frustrated with a "Verification of Illness" form. Rattling my brain trying to figure out how to fill this out.
posted by raintree to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For those who are familiar with my story, I've been away from post-secondary schooling close to 3 years now. Currently in the process of taking academic-upgrade courses (and doing very well in them, yay!) - I've decided that I'm confident about committing to university. Unfortunately, this won't be easy, despite my recent good grades. I have to complete a petition. During the term I had to withdraw, I was sick with measles, so this is something I do want to mention. And this is where the problem lies.
I have to fill out a "verification of illness" form (for those who are interested, I can message this to you)
3 years ago, there was no "verification of illness" form that existed. Thus, I never asked any healthcare professional that treated me to fill it out (it requests information on how "severe" my illness is, how long I've been ill, along with physician signatures/contact/CSPO # etc. so some very extensive detail). When I sat down to fill out my petition a few months ago, I realized this was going to pose a major problem. Basically, if you want medical exemption, you need to fill this form. No ifs and buts. Somehow, I feel the fact that it wasn't required back then is irrelevant. If I want to submit a petition now, I better have it. I do have detailed hospital reports, and a lab result, that proves I was sick - but nothing from an actual doctor.
Here are the problems:
* I saw only one doctor when I was hospitalized for measles (not diagnosed at the time), and too, at the emergency department (since I was away from home and had no contact with my family doctor)
* I was sick for a whiiiile, i.e. months, after the actual measles. Again, I saw several doctors about my weekly fevers, but they were all walk-in
* Not one of these professionals has any extensive awareness about my health at the time
* It's been 3 years, so I can't even beg for them to remember
* Yes, I was a short-sighted fool!
I'm not sure how to deal with this. Call the various professionals that treated me, and ask them to remember my health-status based on a few logged reports? Who should 'sign' this form then? Tell the university that I have no intention of submitting this particular form (this could be a gamble) because it didn't exist at the time I was actually sick? Really horribly stuck. Let this be a lesson to all -please take a note of everything! Or at least have one person who truly knows your whole situation. Lack of evidence can bite you in the ass.