On my feet 24/7

By auntmanda012 Latest Reply 2013-05-10 21:49:14 -0500
Started 2013-05-04 08:59:07 -0500

I work 11 hour days on my feet… In 19 nd have been a diabetic since I was 7. Is it bad working somewhere where u have to stand all day and being a diabetic? My feet hurt terribly!

7 replies

Jacqualynne 2013-05-10 18:25:49 -0500 Report

This is exactly how I feel! I stand on my feet all day and my legs are so swollen at the end of my work shift that I can hardly walk! I am trying to find another job that is more accommodating but it is so hard. I basically live paycheck to paycheck and the only reason I have been at my current job this long is because I need the medical insurance! It is the cost of being a diabetic that is so hard for me and if you are not at the point of death I feel like there is no help out there! Which all adds to my anxiety! I feel stuck and in limbo which is now causing depression! Somebody help!

locarb 2013-05-10 21:49:14 -0500 Report

It is difficult. I speak to groups of people. I managed to find an excellent innersoles from an online company. But I do understand how difficult it can be.
You're right about the importance of medical insurance. I had kidney stone surgery last week. The surgeon, anesthesiologist, labs, etc. were $47,000.
Fortunately, I have good insurance and I know they will pay a lesser amount than the hospital billed. But it was shocking to see how expensive this all was.

When you're not working, try to find things that are pleasant and soothing. Music, walking, dance, cooking, movies, it doesn't matter. What does matter is that you find activities that help you distance yourself from your feelings and the reality of your concerns. Yoga helped me, as does walking.

Hope any of this helps you…

Nana_anna 2013-05-04 18:07:44 -0500 Report

It used to work 12 hours shifts sometimes 16, in medical field, not any more. I can't stand on my more the two minutes, from neuropathy. Its better today, but I couldn't and wouldn't do 12 hours

Scarlet03 2013-05-04 11:44:00 -0500 Report

Im a type 2…but I can't be on my legs for a long time…they get swollen and hurt…one of the things Ive learned with being diabetic is take care of your feet!! Watch for blisters or soars that can get infected…another thing Ive learned is not be on them for very long, after many years it can cause neuropothy and low circulation

Edie 2013-05-04 10:35:25 -0500 Report

My Sister Sue was given a pair of SAS shoes from her Daughter Katrina and then went to get her toe nails trimed her foot dr said SAS shoes are very good Diabetic Shoes I use to wear them all the time when I was working and on my Feet for 8-16 hr days. My feet never hurt when I got done But now they hurt if my insoles get wore down and if my toe area is not open wide enough for my feet to rest nicely in. SAS are about $100 a pair but I had them last for 5 years alone when I only had 1 pair to wear. I am going to go get me another pair as soon as I can get the money for them. I will put it in the Christmas Club fund then get the shoes as soon as I have enough. I get money out of it year around as things come on sale I want the Grandkids to have for Christmas and what ever I need thru out the year. I stay in my budget that way.

KG66 2013-05-04 10:10:06 -0500 Report

Ever thought of going to see a podiatrist? I used to work only 4 hour shifts and be in pain! Turns out I walk and stand badly on my feet. I posted a discussion about foot care a while ago and all replies said it's a good idea for diabetics to get their feet looked at, at least once a year!

Edie 2013-05-04 10:36:56 -0500 Report

Also you need to check them daily yourself then if some thing is found to be wrong you can have it tended to quicker than once a year.

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