I work at a fast food restaurant. I am also Type2 diabetic and am supposed to be on Metformin. I though have been keeping my diet pretty well under control. Today at work, we were very busy, and I was walking alot, and making products. Well, I became hypoglcemic. I went and grabbed a small cup of Orange Juice and drank that rapidly. I went back to work and since I suffer from panic attacks, I began having one, which I am sure made the hypoglycemia worse. I went and told my shift manager about drinking the orange juice, and she was OK with it. Approx. 10 minutes later the feeling of hypoglycemia had not subsided. I went and told the shift manager that I needed to go on break ASAP, because I HAD to eat. She told me that I could in approx. 20 minues, when the person who was on break before me, returned. I went on back to work. The manager was informed of my condition by the shift manager. The manager came back and told me that I was not going to be able to go on break when the other person returned and I had to do something else, like eating candy. I went and had another larger glass of orange juice and ate several cookies. Shortly thereafter my feeling of hypoglycemia diminshed. I was able to continue working with no ill effects. Approx. 1 hour later I was sent on break and was able to eat. I apologze for the long post, but I was curious if they can still force me to work when I am in that situation? If they cant how to do I bring the subject up to my manger? She knows I am Type 2 diabetic as do most employees do as well.
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