Work and type 1 diabets.

By sandeecoote Latest Reply 2011-08-27 18:44:32 -0500
Started 2011-08-04 22:16:14 -0500

I would like to ask type 1 diabetics, how do you balence work and your blood sugar levels.Does your employer allow you time to check you sugar and tend to it as need,or do you sneak food like i had to.

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Theon 2011-08-27 18:44:32 -0500 Report

I was a school teacher and school principal. The cafeteria staff was very helpful. Later I was allowed to have a small refrigerator in my class. Everyone was understanding. Do what you need to do. Checking your blood sugar can be done discreetly.

Type1Lou 2011-08-05 09:16:21 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while working at a desk job. I continued working for that company and held various positions, some involving travel and extended odd hours, for the next 20 years. I frequently put in a 10 to 12 hour day. At no time was I hassled or impeded from testing my blood sugar or taking care of my diabetes. Depending on the type of job you have, there could be issues…e.g. on an assembly line/production line maybe..where stopping the flow of work could have some consequences…but the ADA should protect you although you may be reluctant to invoke its protection. Good luck!

sandeecoote 2011-08-08 14:58:47 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your input,I would like to tell you my situation.I was a cashier,worked the fount service counter in a grocery store.We were so under staffed that there were times no one was around to take my place.I tried to talk to my bosses and got no were.The thing that bothered me the most was that they would not see how serious it could be not treating a low sugar .It finally got so bad I quit my job.Just got so stressed , no job is worth that.

wes69 2011-08-10 19:55:53 -0500 Report

You should have contacted your companys human resources department. I also work in a grocery store and thats definitely what I would have done. If my boss got in trouble oh well he should have listened.

sandeecoote 2011-08-14 10:54:05 -0500 Report

I did all the above and It didnt matter,I never got the understanding I needed.They had me so stressed I felt that I had no other choose but to quite.The big problem was I loved my job and my employer made It impossible to do my job.I ended up having a break down and was hospitalized for two weeks.People can be so heart less.

Type1Lou 2011-08-08 15:15:14 -0500 Report

I'm so sorry you had that experience. My first job was working as a clerk in a family-run ladies clothing store. I doubt the owners would have wanted me to eat in front of customers…and then it takes me 15 to 20 minutes to recover from a really bad low BG. I didn't have diabetes when I worked in the clothing store though. I'd like to think, had I been diabetic, that I could have asked one of the staff to cover for me while I took care of it. But, that would have presumed sympathetic management. With the under-staffing you noted, it doesn't sound like the management was sympathetic or that others could/would take on your duties temporarily while you treated your low. I hope you find yourself in a better situation now.

sandeecoote 2011-08-10 19:24:04 -0500 Report

Hello Lou, I must say that I have meet few people that understand diabetes.My family is wonderful along with my friends,but strangers forget it.I hardly ever ask for outside help because they dont realize that when you have a very bad low sugar it takes at least 10 to 20 minutes sometimes alittle bet longer.I have had diabetes now 25 years and I can go as low as 35 and not have any sweating or confusion.Know I have a sensor that checks my sugar every 4 seconds,if Im going to high It beeps,if Im going to low It beeps.I love it!!! Along with my pump its good control, easy to use.How do you take insulin? what do you find hard,and easy about you daily care for your diabetes?

Type1Lou 2011-08-11 10:27:07 -0500 Report

I am in the process of transitioning from MDI of Lantus and Novolg to the Medtronics insulin pump. I meet with the Medtronics rep and my endocrinologist next Tuesday to get started. I started seeing this endocrinologist last December after about 18 months of problems with serious morning lows (high 20's and 30's) and not feeling comfortable with my GP's overall handling of my diabetes. After 35 years as a type 1, I needed some re-education as well as more fine-tuning as my 62 year old body ages. Seeing the endocrinologist was definitely the right thing to do. They reduced my Lantus dose and changed it from evening to morning. They are working with me to determine the correct carb to insulin ratio. I'm very optimistic and can't wait to begin. Right now, I have to say that my biggest challenge is correctly counting the carbs I'm eating and properly dosing the Novolog; something that I'll still need to master with the pump. I'm trying to follow a relatively low carb diet: 30 grams for breakfast and 45 grams each at lunch and dinner. It's a constant struggle to keep the balance, isn't it?

sandeecoote 2011-08-12 21:52:20 -0500 Report

Im happy to hear that you are trying the pump,its a wonderful invention.I have had my pump for about 10 years now.I found out today that my last A1C was 6.7, that is really good for me.I think that every type 1 diabetic should have a pump if they want one.I found out about the pump from a diabetic mag., and it didnt take long before I had my pump.My carb to insulin ratio is 30 carbs to 1 unit of insulin,then I also get a unit every hour.I would like to tell you a little about me.Im married,two children one girl 26,one boy 24,two cats two dogs.I live near Albany,New York in a city named Rensselaer.The weather here has been warm and sunny,I couldnt ask for more.Where do you live.

Type1Lou 2011-08-14 12:24:35 -0500 Report

Sandee, I tried to send you an inbox message so you and I can share messages among ourselves but need for you to accept me as a "friend" to do so. Seems like were working with similar carb ratios…mine is 30g for breakfast and 20 g for lunch and dinner. Weather here in Florida is hot and steamy! Hugs,

1lady4 2011-08-12 21:59:59 -0500 Report

I have a Cozmo insulin Pump but I may have to get a new one because they don't make Cozmo anymore

sandeecoote 2011-08-14 10:40:29 -0500 Report

My first pump was a Cozmo then the company closed and a got my new pump from Medtronic and I love it.I have a sencor that goes with the pump and It checks my blood sugar every four seconds.If I start to go low It beeps,If I start to go to high It beeps.I love It and I have less stress.

JDCA2025 2011-08-05 12:04:29 -0500 Report

I agree partially with Type1Lou. Most jobs I've had did not have a problem with it, even though I'm pretty sure it's a case by case basis. Chances are all you should do is have a conversation with your employer about what you need, just so that they are aware of it. Usually it's not a problem.

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