Working with Diabetes.

Jlynn
By Jlynn Latest Reply 2008-11-17 11:23:53 -0600
Started 2008-11-17 03:01:31 -0600

…How does diabetes effect your Job? and are your finding that you are treated differently, How?


3 replies

enigmalady777
enigmalady777 2008-11-17 11:23:53 -0600 Report

Though I am not currently working, (taking a "sabbatical" right now till January) when I was working, having diabetes never affected my job at all.

I was also always fortunate to have jobs that allowed me the flexibility to leave my desk when and if I needed to which made testing my blood sugars easier. I've also tested at my desk at times when I couldn't get up and leave right away.

There were a few folks on other boards who haven't been as fortunate; their jobs are physical (such as construction, etc.,) and they can't always stop to test or even treat a mild low when they have to. One person had a bad hypo episode on the job and his employer would not allow him to stop the work and treat it - he's lucky he didn't end up in the emergency room and his employer is lucky he didn't start a lawsuit over it!

Here in the states I know there are employment laws that do protect us. A former co worker of mine told me that she was called into her bosses office after someone "complained" that she left her sharps container (closed and secured of course) in the trash ladies room after taking her insulin shot. After that incident she refused to leave the locked portable sharps container ANYWHERE and totes them back home with her to dispose of them there. Her boss wasn't admonishing her - he was worried that he hadn't followed correct protocol and provide her with an "accommodation". She assured him she needed no additional accommodation because of her diabetes.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2008-11-17 10:46:04 -0600 Report

When they order in lunch for small meetings I'm involved in they will ask if I want something specific. I get passed over when people bring cookies or candy around. Other than that it's not a big deal. I poke fun at having diabetes and how I eat so it doesn't really play into things much.

2008-11-17 09:24:51 -0600 Report

Diabetes doesn't affect my job at all. They know I have it, they know what to do if I have a low, but other than that it's business as usual.