By monster159 Latest Reply 2010-05-21 20:01:36 -0500
Started 2010-05-18 15:13:56 -0500

I have a very stressful and dangerous job in a plastic factory. I was wondering, I am new to Diabetes and am scared that I am going to get tired, which I am always am, or my sugar will drop while I am doing something. ALso it is very hot in the factory. Did anyone have to leave there job because of their diabetes

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Zimoss 2010-05-21 20:01:36 -0500 Report

I have found that working in the heat (I live in Arizona… its always hot) can definitely affect my blood sugar. I have had several jobs and one of the things I did was take frequent breaks to drink or to rest…if needed take a "bathroom" break for a few mins.

I found my BS was hard to control if I didn't drink or when I would start to get dehydrated.

Emma2412 2010-05-19 12:27:25 -0500 Report

About a month ago, I watched a special show on how plastics are made. It was very interesting.
I agree with Jeannie. With pills it doesn't usually happen unless you're taking your meds on an empty stomach! Do you have a machine at work where you can get a can of fruit juice (orange is best for low sugar levels)? If you don't, then how about getting one or two very small containers of juice and keeping them in your locker at work?
If you're tired all the time, you might be eating too many "bad carbs". Be watchful about what you eat at lunch time. I know if I have a sandwich, for instance, in the middle of the day, I have a period where I would just like to sleep. However, that feeling is because there's too much glucose in my blood, not too little, and the two slices of bread was too much for me at that time of the day.
I don't agree that you should just pop glucose tablets in your mouth unless you can take a glucose test first because you can get weird feelings when you have high glucose readings, too, and it wouldn't be good to be popping glucose tablets if your BG reading is high.
As far as losing your job if you're diabetic, my only suggestion is that you not tell people at work that you are diabetic. I find that most people don't understand the disease at all and have the strange idea that we've given ourselves diabetes because of diet. Just do the best job you can at work, as I'm sure you always do, and try not to worry about it.
God bless you!

Zimoss 2010-05-21 19:59:55 -0500 Report

He can't get fired for being Diabetic… he should tell co-workers that he is one just in case he goes unconscious. ADA protects you once you have a job.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-05-18 15:59:03 -0500 Report

Are you on pills or insulin? If pills, the chances of you going too low are pretty low. You will get to the point that you'll be able to tell if you are too low or too high.

Dennis1963 2010-05-18 15:28:31 -0500 Report

Well I am considering changing my job because of diabetics.
Presently I am a General Foreman of a tree company, my job is riding in my mobile office (pickup truck) all day. This of course does not help with diabetics, also it can be very stressful.
Fortunately I am also a tree worker, climber ect… When I do this physical work, most weekends, I feel great and my levels are normal.

I kinda feel in a sense, I am going backwards in my career (if I change positions) but I try to look at it this way, "if it is healthier it is moving forward."

curious, would it help to carry along some glucose tablets just in case your sugar drops to low?
I hope all goes well with you.

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