Working shift work

By De60 Latest Reply 2012-05-17 15:32:05 -0500
Started 2012-05-04 07:44:30 -0500

I was was prediabetes for the past 5 years. Two weeks ago i was told that i now have type 2. I work for a place has shift work , but it is a homeimprovent store. and the shift hours are not set hours. one day i will open then mid then close. sometimes i will come home and have to go bed. I think that is why my sugars are not controlled. sometimes i have spilt days off so no rest.
I have been off for two weeks scared to go to work.

thank you De

4 replies

nocshiftgrl 2012-05-17 15:32:05 -0500 Report

I wotk night shift (graves), and am sure it has contributed to me having diabetes. My body is so messed up, it doesnt know when its supposed to release insulin. It releases during the day when im sleeping and on empty, then i wake up and eat at night when i produce little to none. No wonder! But as was said before me, you just have to keep a good job when you have one. I know oneday i will find a great job that pays the same or better and i can work normal hours. I believe my diabetes will be well controlled by diet when that happens. Hang in there.

Hopester 2012-05-10 23:01:06 -0500 Report

Hi De! Sound like you are a little "under the gun" as they say. I worked split shifts/split days off years ago…hated it. I do know when our sleep is interrupted, and our meal times are screwy, it takes some thot to figure out and find a way to manage it all to stay in balance with yourself mentally, physically and most of all for me… emotionally. The best I can offer in the way of a possible solution is to plan your meals and make them ahead as much as you can. This gives you a sense of being more in control of your time and you food. I so agree with Jayabee: keep your job until one with better hrs opens up for you. Meanwhile, keeping YOURSELF in some kind of balance food and rest-wise will help cope with the screwy hrs/days. I you can make up enough meals for the days you're scheduled for each week, in advance, freeze them and then nuke 'em at work, this may help with keeping you BG at least somewhat stable. Consider housework, and other nagging responsibilities as less a priority for you for now. Do them when you are able. One day off means you plan your time off. Choose the priorities and manage only those for that one day. Like laundry and meals and a little d&c around the house… if you have that much energy. If not… relax. That stuff will be there later. Just these simple things may help take some of the pressure off, and that's the goal here. Taking as much pressure to "perform" or "please" the normal standards you'd like to hold. Superhuman doesn't go with D and you need to be kind to you. As for me and my house, I'll be prayin' big time for a new, better job for you!

jayabee52 2012-05-04 09:15:20 -0500 Report

Howdy De. WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Sorry you qualify for our little "party" but since you do, this is a good place to be.

I had worked securty just before I was Dx'd and was working an 8 hr a day relief shift of 2 days, 2 "swings", 2 "graves", with only 1 day off per week. I think shifts like that had a part in me developing diabetes. But I accepted that schedule because my little family needed the money at that time and I regularly got overtime with that schedule. It has been about 16 yrs ago and I am now disabled. (that is a whole different discussion).

In today's economy it is good to have work, any kind of lawful work. So one doesn't want to just give up a good lawful job.

So all I can tell you is to get as much regularity in your life as you can.

I am sure it is hard. It would be good to be on a low carb high protein meal plan to help you control your Blood Glucose (BG) levels. You might want to take a look at a meal plan I am following now. I have been able to manage my BG levels in the normal range without the use of any diabetes medications. I have lost about 65 lbs over the course of a year, and have had an A1c of 5.5. You can see the discussion for my meal plan here ~ I'd love to hear your thoughts on this meal plan.

I pray you can find work with more reasonable hours, but until you can find that, hang on to the work you have and seek ways to get some consistency there.

Praying God's richest blessings to you and yours.

James Baker