Hi I am new here. I have cfs, I was diagosed last year but I think Ive actually had it since I was 18 (Im 24 now). I remember being 16 and full of life and then I have mono at 17, and since then Ive been tired. Ive been able to manage through college (Go Big BLue PSU). Ive fallen asleep in class or had to miss to sleep or because I am frequently sick, but my professors had been cool about it and no one said anything. I made good grades and graduated thisclose to with honors (darn calculus class freshman year!). My parents were pretty supportive about me being tired and sick all the time, I mean they did accuse me of being lazy at times, but they knew that I was overworked and stressed. It has only become a major problem now. I am currently in nursing school and I frequently doze off in class. I used to drink coffee to stay awake but Ive also developed kidney stones and can't do that any more. So about a week ago I feel asleep during a guest speaker and my instructor called me into her office to talk to me about it. She was totally not understanding. I explained to her that I have cfs and there is very little I can do. They turn out the lights and turn the heat up, and unfortunately that is prime for sleeping. She told me that I have to stand in the back of the class if I am starting to doze off. I am in shock and embarrassed. There are 14 people in my class and they already rag on me for dozing off. This is to me singling me out. Believe me I know that it is wrong to sleep in class and its very disrespectful, and Im not using cfs as an excuse. I have asked repeatedly to keep the lights on or the blinds open. I dont want them to make special circumstances for me and I dont know a solution, but I just want some support or an acknowledgment of understanding! We learn about how to therapeutically communicate with patients, how about with each other! The other problem arises from my roommate. She is one of my classmates. According to her I am lazy and all that other stuff people say about us. She does not believe that I have this or that it even exists. So ultimately, my questions are: what works for you all to stay awake? How do you deal with ignorant people? And thank you for being here, this is the first time Ive felt like people get what I have to deal with!