thanks for the responses everyone!
i did successfully complete (and pass!) 2 college classes at a local junior college campus this past fall semester. the classes were "easy" classes for me though. An American Red Cross First Aid/CPR class and a Begginning Piano class (i've taken piano lesson for 10 yrs. ). Both classes didn't give very much hmwk, either. But i could still tell my body was stressed. Making sure i didn't forget assignments, getting to class on time, feeling crummy and not wanting to miss class, etc. I didn't really use any "disability status".
This semester i've decided to focus on my health. trying to get more doc appts. in, and getting more disiplined about taking supplements and avoiding foods i'm sensitive to. So no classes this semester.
JRuff84--funny you say sit by the smart kid...what's depressing is that i used to be considered that "smart kid" everyone wanted to sit by. Now, i'm joyous when i spell my own name correctly. Your fiance's story is encouraging and inspiring to know she's succeeded in life even w/her struggles.
sojourner--i totally forgot to ask Heth about it on FB. like that's a surprise. lymie brains tend to do that.
ShelM--thanks for the advice about meeting w/a couselor often. makes sense that professors would think twice before labeling you a "slacker". yeah, i kinda cringe at the thought of maybe having to get a leave of absense someday. but what will be, will be.
phsinvent--yeah, taking time off from the idea of college has crossed my mind. i don't want to "overload and blow out" what little brain curcuitry is working now. i know even when i get to feeling slightly better, i still plan on going to the junior college for the next 2 yrs. anyway. And i think my parents are just now having to deal w/the insurance difficulties. Especially since i'm now legally an adult. it's gonna get complicated.
alfers--get enough sleep, eh? HAHAHAHA....*falls over from exhaustion due to fatigue and extreme insomnia* Yup. i still suffer from insomnia that makes it even more difficult to get homework done. it's like i'm too fatigued to read the assigned pages, so i try to go to bed early, get some sleep, and finish reading in the A.M. before class. Seems like a reasonable plan. Except that the sleep part rarely happens.
And i have so many food sensitivites i'm likely to literally starve while away at a dorm. like all the "snack" foods on the planet have cane sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, etc. Things i can't have. but i'll remember to be aware of the boxes of cookies, and perhaps suggest some fruit to be brought instead.