Carrie, your story is not at all uncommon. And, contrary to what you might be thinking, I am not an unfeeling witch who does not know the meaning of family, of love, of responsibility. Au contraire, my young friend.
And yet.....NO. N.O.
NO, I won't excuse the three weeks’ worth of work you have just missed, including your exam and first essay.
NO, I won't let you make them up now.
YES, I heard you when you said your mom, sick in the hospital, needs you with her 24 hours a day.
YES, I also heard you when you said that under no circumstances will you fail this course, or accept any other outcome than my either accepting late work, or (your preference), excusing the work.
See, here's the thing, Carrie. When people get sick, even parents, even children, you still have to take care of your responsibilities. I am curious why you did not inform your professors that you'd be missing class and not able to hand in work. I am curious why you have not attempted to keep up by sending me your essay via e-mail. I am curious why this is the first I am hearing from you.
Look, I don't know what your mother has that requires you with her all the time. I mean, I know you are not a nurse, and she is in the hospital where there are paid caregivers. I have had family members, close ones, get sick, and I managed to come to work (for the most part) and to be in touch on those occasions when I could not be there. And yet, far be it for me to decide for you how to live your life.
If you need to be there with your mother, and you cannot spend even one minute doing class work, then that is a decision that may well be both worth it and necessary. But it is also a decision that has consequences. One of them is that I cannot allow you to make up your exam, or to hand in your essay, or to make up any of the homework that you have missed. That is all spelled out in your class syllabus. I hope you are able to pick up from where we left off, and if not, I will certainly grant you a late withdrawal due to your extenuating circumstances.
That's my final answer, and I am sticking to it.
-- Professor Bella