Today I have a happy story about paperwork.
I've written before about having problems concentrating, and have probably mentioned that I have all kinds of trouble concentrating while taking exams (especially final exams). Earlier in the semester, I talked to both a counselor from school and my doctor at the VA, who both agreed that PTSD can seriously and negatively affect a person's concentration during exams.
So, I started the process to request that I be allowed to take all of my exams in quiet rooms by myself. At my university, that process is a candle that burns at both ends. There's paperwork that I have to fill out at the disability resource center, and there's paperwork that I have to take to my doctor that she has to fill out. This process takes time; my doctor is only at the mental health clinic once a week, and I needed an appointment to get in to talk to her, then she had to do some research in my records to make sure she filled out her portion properly. Then I had to wait for that to be evaluated, and wait more to talk to a counselor at the disability resource center.
Today the wait ended. I got in to see the counselor, who filled out the required forms and gave me a completed form that says the university recognizes my PTSD as a disability, and recommends that I be allowed to take tests by myself in a quiet room.
Now, I have to talk to all of my professors, and find a way to take three different final exams in different places then where they're scheduled. The week before finals. ACK!