By clj01 Latest Reply 2011-05-19 20:32:14 -0500
Started 2011-05-15 14:32:20 -0500

Yesterday at work I had a hypoglycemic episode. I had glucose tabs handy but they didn't seem to help. I had to excuse myself from the workplace so that I could go eat to bring my blood sugars up. I felt deeply embarresed by this episode. I tried to reason out what I had done wrong to have this happen, but am still not sure. How have others handled this when co-workers come and check on you to make sure you are all right? I am supposed to be a leader but how can I lead when this happens?

16 replies

WendyFR 2011-05-19 20:32:14 -0500 Report

a diabetic episode has nothing to do with your leadership skills. This is something that happens to most diabetics and you shouldn't be embarrassed. The way I handle is I make sure everyone at work is educated about diabetes, what can happen and what I need to resolve it. Your co-workers were concerned which is a good thing!

cavie2 2011-05-17 03:59:58 -0500 Report

It depends on how many glucose tabs you are taking I used to take 3 if this happened and like you it never seemed to do the trick. When I spoke to the diabetic nurse at the hospital she said it should be around 5 tabs or 100mls of OJ. You have to get the BS's up higher than normal as they will spike and come back down again and they will just put you into another hypo

sNerTs1 2011-05-17 00:11:36 -0500 Report

Each of these replies are so very true. Because you have diabetes doesnt make you look weak or less of a leader when you have a hypoglycemic event. Like James said, educate them so they can learn.

Think of this too, because of your event and possibly teaching them what to look for and how to react, you are showing them how to help someone that might be having that exact same reaction perhaps in a restaurant or just out. Its a win win.

To me, it just reinforces how well you actually do lead. It also might just teach them that having any kind of a disease is nothing to be ashamed about, that its good to tell people who see you daily so that they can help you if needed.

Now THATS a leader. Kudos to YOU =)

Hugs ~ Cheryl

MewElla 2011-05-16 13:44:28 -0500 Report

Absolutely do not feel embrassed…we are all humans and you did what you had to do to bring your bg back up…When I am gone from home all day, I frequently check my #'s and make sure I have some o j, etc handy, just in case. One thing about it, we never know when it is going to happen…I think it is kinda nice people recognize something is not quite right and they check on you…You have their respect and they know, you are a good leader…

Harlen 2011-05-16 13:37:49 -0500 Report

Please dont feel embarresed it's just like pucking you got to deal with what you need to .When I was on shots I woud do that from time to time what worked well and fast was OJ .
Even a leader can have a prob from time to time and look at it this way you must be a good leader for them to care so much for you .
When I was working I would test 3 to 4 times as needed .
Best wishes

2011donnaann 2011-05-16 12:37:49 -0500 Report

I've just been told this week that my A1Cs have toppled over the threshhold, only 6.2, but still high enough that I have to make changes. God is great and I am a firm believer in his mercy and healings. Jesus paid the price and with his stripies we are already healed. Keep believing and trusting God. Prior to my learning that my A1Cs had increased (used to be 5.7), I started having to take naps at work before I could drive home… talk about embarrassing…

carithers 2011-05-15 20:53:08 -0500 Report

dont feel bad things happen sometimes when i it drops too fast and too low it takes time for yoiur body to recover you may need to lie down or sit still for 10 mins.you need a buddy at work that can help you wwhen you have that problem without alarming everyone.good luck have a plan for the next time.Take care

clj01 2011-05-15 22:00:43 -0500 Report

I need to thank each of you for replying. It reaffirms to me that you are all great people.

jayabee52 2011-05-15 17:37:51 -0500 Report

That must have been so scary to you, Craig. It is such a personal occurrance. I doubt that anyone likes their weaknesses exposed

Being a leader doesn't mean you have to be perfect. In fact letting the people you are supposed to be leading know you have a difficult in fact it mayburnish your reputation if the people you lead know that despite your medical condition you can overcome it. Here is a recent discussion which popped to mind upon reading this discussion: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/10... See if that makes sense to you.

But as Tridie Ann pointed out so well, your co-workers respect and care about you, or they wouldn't have come to inquire about your welfare. Thank them and then use this as a "teachable moment" for them. Enlighten them as to what to look for should you have another low, and then teach them what to do should you go low again. Enlist their help for the future.

Craig, I pray God's continued blessings upon you and yours

James Baker

clj01 2011-05-16 10:41:30 -0500 Report

A special thank you for the link. I read Dr. Ponder's article and can see myself in some of the areas he talked about. With God's help I can make it one day at a time.

jayabee52 2011-05-17 05:21:19 -0500 Report

Well, fortunately one day at a time is all God gives any of us. I'd hate to have to take 2 or more days at a time!

clj01 2011-05-15 22:00:04 -0500 Report

I need to thank each of you for replying. It reaffirms to me that you are all great people.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-15 15:34:22 -0500 Report

Even leaders need help sometimes. You shouldn't be embarresed. It sounds to me like you have a lot of co-workers who respect and care about you. Personaly what I did was just thanked my co-workers for their concern.
I hope this helps.

clj01 2011-05-15 22:01:31 -0500 Report

I need to thank each of you for replying. It reaffirms to me that you are all great people.

DJackwon 2011-05-16 19:12:00 -0500 Report

I think the group you work with and lead sound like some mighty fine people. To call and check up on you? I understand how you might feel embarassed but the simple truth is sometimes we need help, and have to get past the fear of asking for it. If they know how to help, you empower those who love and care for you.

We all are but human and some, true won't understand mainly because they fear the unknown. I am getting used to asking for help, and it's not so bad. I wish you well, and am sure embarassment will turn to pride in those you work with!


- Debbie -