Work don't understand

By jemma91 Latest Reply 2015-01-21 01:21:58 -0600
Started 2015-01-20 10:36:52 -0600

Got diagnosed with type 1 less than 7 weeks ago. I'm 31 and a teacher but I feel my workplace are very unsympathetic - I had a hypo today and felt rubbish after (it was the end of the day and I wanted to go home instead of staying for extra after school classes) but was told to just have a nurofen and get on with it. Is it normal to feel washed out etc after your sugars have dropped to almost 3 then rocketed to 13 in half an hour? Thanks.

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lilleyheidi 2015-01-21 01:21:58 -0600 Report

I'm really sorry that your work place is not being supportive. It is really very common when you go either high or low to feel like rubbish after for a while. I am type 2 and either way I go, low or high, for quite some time I feel like total rubbish for quite a while. My brain is just total fried. As Lou suggests, do a lot of self education, and sit down with your boss and educate them if you can so they will have a better understanding of what you are going through. The book Lou reccommends is a real good one, I read it and learned tons from it. I hope that in the future you get more support from your work place. Best of health. Heidi

Type1Lou 2015-01-20 18:06:10 -0600 Report

Any extremes in BG will drain you, so I'm not surprised that you felt you'd been through the wringer. How often are you testing? I'm assuming you are on injections of insulin. Keep a log of your BG readings so you can share this with your health team. They'll need it to make adjustments to your insulin therapy (carb to insulin ratios). Also, always keep a fast-acting glucose source so that you can treat any low as soon as you notice it coming on. A fast-acting glucose (like gluco-gel or glucose tablets) will get into your bloodstream faster than cookies or cakes or candybars (even though they don't taste as good) It takes about 15 minutes for this type of glucose to work. Learn as much as you can about diabetes and what you need to control it and stay in balance. A very good source is Gary Scheiner's book "Think Like a Pancreas". The more you learn, the better you'll get a managing this diabeast. I'm sorry that your school seems less than supportive of what you are going through.

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