Work 24/7 on call

By Taz_t_man Latest Reply 2011-11-12 21:46:57 -0600
Started 2011-11-10 12:05:57 -0600

The work I do is on call 24/7 and right now 6 days a week. After I started working for this place is when I found out I have Type 1. I tried to tell my boss that I need to do my insulin three times a day and check my blood 4 times a day. I also told him that it should be pretty much on a time table and not when ever. He pretty much told me that's my problem and that I would have to do what ever it took. If that met coming off a 12 hour night run then trying to sleep and do my stuff then so be it. Is this right? It seem like when you tell some people that you have diabetes it's like, will I'm not sure, but they sure treat you different. I'm not sure what to do any more. :-(

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Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-12 21:46:57 -0600 Report

Oh boy I am so there! In dialysis it is so busy that sometimes it take forever just to go to the restroom! The past week i have been so busy that after i eat i never get the chance to do a 2 hour post check. You have people that need to be taped up and discharged, people coming in and needing to be put on, bleeders, doctors rounding, It gets pretty hectic! I don't know how to fix this problem! When everyone is busy and it's your job to take care of your patients you can not just stop what yo are doing and test! I have no idea how to fix this problem!

Good Luck with yours! God Bless, Mickey

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-11 09:41:29 -0600 Report

Without knowing your occupation and your duties it is tough to help. Many of the replies tell you where to find out about the law which would lead to confronting your boss. This can only lead you to the unemployment line.
If you are not yet using pens with nano-needles, switch. A quick injection into the upper arm without pinching you can get your rapid acting insulin if you use it. The same can be done with a long lasting insulin. A rub with a alcohol swab, pop a needle on, an air shot, dial the pen and inject. The pens do not need to be kept refrigerated and are good for 28 days once opened.
I am switching to pens next weekend because I have problems taking my insulin after I leave home. Quick and simple and can be done most anywhere.
We who have diabetes must face and deal with ignoramuses, idiots, morons, jerks and jackasses on a daily basis. It is easier to avoid them than confront them.
Stay employed.
Good Luck.

Taz_t_man 2011-11-11 09:48:28 -0600 Report

I work for a company in NE that drives personal from one place to another. I might get called during the day or night, don't know when, or both. After about 10 hours of total work, max 15, with in a 24 hour time. I get 8 hours of rest time or 10. I am a DOT van driver if that helps.

policeofficer 2011-11-10 16:05:34 -0600 Report

google the law and it will tell you everything you need to know. also Dlife will show you. take care. Officer Mitchell

door331 2011-11-10 14:25:46 -0600 Report

As others have mentioned your employer is obligated to give reasonable accommodations to your diabetes. However! I do not know what industry you are in but there are limits to this law especially when it comes to Safety performing your job. You can read up on some of the info here:

You may need to compromise with your employer— maybe you can transfer to another position? Would pump therapy work better for your lifestyle (if you are not already using one)? You could also talk with your Doctor to get resources and see if there are other things you can do to help manage your diabetes on such a difficult work schedule. Your doctor may have experience with other patients with similar difficulties.

Hope this helps and everything works out for you!

RebC 2011-11-10 13:48:38 -0600 Report

I agree, your employer has to be reasonably flexible enough for you to treat your diabetes. Do you have regular hours, or are you called in at different times every day?

I have type 1 as well, and I take Lantus once a day (at night), and use Novalog whenever I eat something. Are you taking long acting insulin 3 times a day? Is that why it needs to be so scheduled?

policeofficer 2011-11-10 13:41:38 -0600 Report

Tell him about the ADA law American disability act. They have make reasonable efforts to meet your treatment of TY 1.

Taz_t_man 2011-11-10 13:47:34 -0600 Report

OK - Where and who do you find this?

jayabee52 2011-11-10 13:55:32 -0600 Report

Google the "Americans with disability act" Or you could look at some of the discussions on DC here: and find out what has been said. There has within the past year or two been a supreme court decision bearing on diabetes and the ADA.

You may also wish to speak with a lawyer which is conversant with Labor laws and the ADA.

Happy hunting Taz!