Diabetes control and working odd hours

By gbphatcat Latest Reply 2013-06-20 06:35:47 -0500
Started 2013-06-18 09:46:05 -0500

I am a newly diagnosed diabetic, had to have surgery on my foot for an ulcer, it has closed and i will soon be going back to work. I will be back on my feet all day. My issue is that i work odd hours, two days a week i go in at 3 am, one day a week i go in at 10 pm the previous evening and 2 days a week i go in at 6 am. Does anyone have any suggestions as to eating with such odd hours of work and testing my BS How am i to do a fasting test when i am working overnight, I am at a loss at how i will be able to keep my numbers under control when i am working such odd hours.

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Chezbo 2013-06-19 14:24:49 -0500 Report

You have great questions and a lot of areas to cover. Working in those unconventional hours requires a little imaginative preparation and creative testing procedures. For starters, I would prepare my meals and/or snacks before the workday or night. For example, I would prepare my meals before I go to bed or when I get home from work for the next workday or workdays. Next, I'd start testing BGs as one of the first things to do when I get up for work. If I have to be at work at 3:00 AM, I would test around 2:00-2:30 AM before I went to work. If I worked at 6:00 AM, I'd test around 5:00-5:30 AM before I headed to work. If you have a lunch break in any of those crazy work hours, I'd check my blood glucose levels right before I had lunch. Last, I'd also check my BGs when I got off work. For example, I'd check my BG levels in the workplace before I headed out to my car or whatever transportation system you use. You could also sneak in 15 minute powerwalks before work, after work, or during lunches. For instance, for your lunch break, walk 15 minutes; check your BG levels, eat light-to-medium-lunch the last 15 minutes. Again, I'm only throwing out some ideas that might be able to help you. I hope this helps. Have a fantastic day at work. And keep finding out other ways to take care of yourself in those crazy hours you work. Peace, Chezbo

snuggles11 2013-06-18 23:29:08 -0500 Report

Yeah you need to get with the nutritionist!
They can advise you on that!
Talk to your doctor about it or go to the local hospital and see if they have any programs and a nutritionist to talk to !

MsBugzee 2013-06-18 21:38:19 -0500 Report

It must be challenging. My husband is an ER nurse, works 12 hour shift 7pm to 7:30 am. He does not have diabetes but I have type 2. I hope you have taken advantage of Medicare's shoe provision. Being on your feet it will be extremely important to have the right shoes. If you have not checked into this please do. Also working closely with a nutrition advisor will help. Hang in there bro, there is help for you and your resolve will get you through.

hairbear68 2013-06-18 21:46:38 -0500 Report

you don't know how hard it is when ever time coverage for glasses shoes come up dhs cuts your help missed placed paperwork on them lost in the mail so its been 3 year on glasses vision getting worst and a few mth on the shoes had the order forms and eveyhing from the doctors too get and bam cut off again and 3 plus not going too buy on my own

AysheaFraser 2013-06-18 15:59:16 -0500 Report

If you get a steady 8hrs of sleep at least, you can test first thing waking for your fasting. It's what I do. I definitely would suggest talking with your diabetic people about your schedule. They can help you work out the details.

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