Work and Diabetes

By Alaskagal907 Latest Reply 2011-10-19 13:26:29 -0500
Started 2011-10-18 13:15:30 -0500

Just wondering if this disease effects people with their Jobs?
I own my own Company and basically work out of my home for the most part. I do meet clients in public places just for the fact that in my Business I don't want the clients to know where I live.
But for those who work out of the home. Does the disease effect your work?

4 replies

jayabee52 2011-10-18 14:14:50 -0500 Report

It doesn't necessarily have to affect your work, but if it gets out of control it can.

I felt compelled to quit my Certified Nurse Aide job because I had some ministrokes TIAs. Diabetes thickened my blood the Dr said, and that was the reason I had those TIAs Those TIAs caused maintaining my balance to be a problem, and I dropped one of my patients. I had never done that in the 11 years I had been doing that work. For my safety and the safety of my clients I stopped working. I hoped it might be a temporary measure, but no, it wasn't.

Then about a year later I had kidney shutdown from a kidney infection. I believe now that one of my diabetes meds — Metformin — weakened my kidneys so they got the infection more easily. That kidney shutdown meant I needed to go on Dialysis.

On the other hand, these things may have happened becaue I hadn't taken good enough care of my diabetes early on.

Perhaps had I taken better care of myself, I might still be working at almost 60. I think I would have preferred that to disability.

Alaskagal907 2011-10-18 15:08:20 -0500 Report

I was also a CNA for many yrs. Sorry to hear about that story Jaybee :( …I also heard about kidney problems with the Metformin. I am also on the Metformin but I want to ask my Dr. for something else. there are just to many horror stories about the medication, and I already suffer from Kidney stones!

jayabee52 2011-10-19 13:26:29 -0500 Report

with all the problems I've had with my kidneys, stones have fortunately not been a problem for me. Thank the Lord!

ShellyLargent 2011-10-18 13:52:12 -0500 Report

I've been fortunate enough to always have office jobs, so I have the freedom to take care of my diabetes when I need to. When I have to sit in meetings, I take my meter with me me and will always have either a tube of glucose tablets or a package of M&M's with me. My coworkers all know that I have diabetes and are very supportive and understanding. It doesn't bother them if I have to test during a meeting or if I start eating. They know I do it because I need to.