I shared my story with my new supervisor yesterday.

By melissa5786 Latest Reply 2011-04-03 09:44:37 -0500
Started 2011-04-02 07:47:59 -0500

We had a staff meeting yesterday afternoon and it was the first time we sat down with our new supervisor, so she had us go around the table to introduce ourselves, say how long we've been there and state a fact that not everyone knew about you.

I chose to let everyone know that I am a diabetic.

My supervisor held me back afterward to chat and she shared with me that she too is diabetic. And also a few things about how she loves having me working there and that she's always happy to back up someone who loves their job.

It's nice having someone else at work that knows what I'm going through. It's nice that someone else there gets cranky when they're running high, so I can use the excuse that "If I'm cranky, blame it on my 'betes." and not get a weird look.

12 replies

0tina0 2011-04-03 09:44:37 -0500 Report

I love a story like this one…I have worked at a state office for 6 years and the people I work with have been with me since my first surgery over 2 years ago. Not only do they do everything in their power to accommodate my needs they made sure I had donated time so I would still get my paycheck and insurance without any lapses. I have had 3 more surgeries since then and they have done the same for every one. This last surgery for a bowel obstruction I was out 2 months and on part time for another month…I never missed a pay check, they are all so awesome. The best part is how they have all become intune with my lows, I can even take my dog to work if I am struggling (she has never been to doggie school but knows way before I do that I'm going low). We have an inservice once a year about diabetes and everyone knows where my glucogen is and how to use it.

I am so happy you will be in a good environment! It really makes all the difference in the world!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-04-02 17:31:48 -0500 Report

I's really great that you can be open to people at work about what you are dealing with, to have their understanding and support. Having a boss who relates to you like yours does is an added bonus.

northerngal 2011-04-02 15:50:40 -0500 Report

Its also great that either of you could be aware if the other starts getting too low. Most people don't pick up on it until its too late. You don't need to hide it then either, you can just grab something to bring it back in line and not have strange looks. Good for you. Give the boss a pat on the back! And one for you too.

MewElla 2011-04-02 08:36:40 -0500 Report

Doesn't it make you feel so good to know you shared this info with your staff members and especially, knowing the supervisor is aware of the diabetes, both from your standpoint and her own?

jayabee52 2011-04-02 07:56:51 -0500 Report


Hopieland 2011-04-02 12:18:03 -0500 Report

Having a "boss" who relates to people well is awesome. Sharing they way you did in this group is sooo cool. It opens lines of communication that weren't there before. Good job! I'd want you on my team! How else with non-D's learn about D? Kudos 2U, girl!

melissa5786 2011-04-02 12:27:18 -0500 Report

Thank you! I don't mind sharing my story and answering questions. I want people to learn about it and know what it's like to live with it. Or to be able to say they know someone who fights like hell every day.