-wondering where Deloria is
-being happy that she seems much happier today
-wondering why MOLLIE is running so slowly
(but then maybe it isn't??)
They only deducted points because I seemed a bit out of it at first, but that was because of the drugs so I don't think I could have done anything about that.
See, this is the sort of thing that shouldn't happen.
In point of fact, I've had to sit through the edu-psych courses that explain that you are supposed to respect your students as individuals and be understanding about their individual circumstances. Now, I know this is hard: I have taught--it can be challenging just learning everyone's name!! But, the thing is that as a society, we have a solution for this: stereotypes and assumptions. These things exist for a reason... and it's not that they're right. It's that they simplify things. So, you start from there and then as you get to know the student and develop an interpersonal intuition (through years of being a teacher), you adjust to the individual student.
So, really, they should have understood that 1) you might be in extreme pain during your presentation and 2) you would consequently be somewhat drugged to mitigate (1). The logical conclusion of these two things is that they have to meet you at the level of function you can provide at that time: below a certain threshhold, they would tell you to come back on a different day. Next, they'd have to relax time constraints somewhat... the ability of a person to stick to a strict time table for the talk is necessarily impeded by the need to stop and wail or cognitive drag due to drugs. The question is ultimately how well and how long you hold your composure and otherwise meet the requirements of the presentation.
People are people first. That means they are complicated. Reality outside of academia has to accept this just as much as reality inside academia.