new to being diabetic

By Jacquejo Latest Reply 2010-07-25 18:19:45 -0500
Started 2010-07-25 16:05:45 -0500

The doctor which I was going to let me go with raising blood sugars which if he was a good doctor who read my blood sugars should have dianosed me with type 2 in 2002. His office got really upset when I had called a month after I had a fasting blood sugar done and had asked but not received a copy of my results (which were 300+). No one had looked at my results until I called! He had me get another fasting done this time a 12 hour fasting (320) had me come in that day. He just happened to give me the results of all of the tests which had been ordered on me from day one that I started with him. Happy to have them in hand I took them to my new doctor. Found a good doctor through a friend who is prediabetic.
The only problem is the new doctor is about 37 miles from where I work and live. The old doctor's office was 32 miles. I really do not see much of a difference. But at my annual review at work my bosses are worried that I am going to have a medical emergency at their office. I carry sugar gel and tablets, monitor and all my medication with me. Blood sugar is under control. The medication which I am taking my doctor tells me does not put on into hypoglycemic sitituation.
I also live alone. Took a key to my house and put it in my office and told my boss and one other person that if I do not show up to work at my usual time to use the key and check on me. Also have posted near my desk what the signs of hypo and hyperglycemic are and what to do. Now I also have my doctors phone number and the hospital to take me and other people to notify.
I realize they are worried about the liability issues with me working there with a know case of diabetes. I feel like they have a different attitude toward me and my ability to work with diabetes.
Has anyone else experienced a change in attitudes when people found out about you having diabetes?

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harry1 2010-07-25 18:14:57 -0500 Report

I know the feeling. I took a heart attack in May 2009 the day before i was suppose to go back i was released. My ex boss couldn't tell me but he told my boy that i was retired because i was too much on the insurance. This guy has a major problem with me keeping a sharps container there and doing sugar test. Unforturnanly the state of pa could not do anything for me because we had less than 50 employees. I was in the home heating oil field.

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Ocean's Breeze 2010-07-25 16:46:19 -0500 Report

Fortunately I'm a nurse at a hospital. I was concerned at first,(they would look at you kind of funny when they found out), but now the charge nurse makes sure a get a break when I say I need one. I don't eat breakfast until my first break. I go to work at 0630 so I'm okay until 0800/0830. They are other nurses there that are diabetic, so they understand and I can always grab a quick snack if I need one. My doctor is still "working out the kinks" with my medication, but right now my levels are pretty steady. I'll find out next month with my A1C. Try not to let them get you down, they're just scared—they don't understand what you are going through. Hang in there. When you start feeling better, they will see that and hopefully calm down.

Jacquejo 2010-07-25 17:41:57 -0500 Report

I can see their point, but there was more of a chance of a medical emergency during the last eight years then there is now. My first a1C was 12.4 at three months on meds it was 6.7.
I'm an accountant working for CPA's was dianosed during tax season! Made it thru tax season with blood sugar in January and February in the 300's. Now that it is averaging 100 - 98, their worried about medical emergency. Also was asked if I would be able to preform all my duties with diabetes. I worked in a hospital lab before getting my second occupation as an accountant.
At least I have the support of other family members with diabetes. They have been helpful. I knew it ran in the family, now it is out of 5 siblings 4 has it.

MAYS 2010-07-25 16:25:53 -0500 Report

I'm sorry to hear that, and as cruel as it may seem, it's business as usual.
Companies, as well as individuals, actions are based on liability issues and\or ignorance pertaining to diabetes.

This article, and the links provided may interest you:


Jacquejo 2010-07-25 18:00:33 -0500 Report

Thanks! Never thought about driving and my driver's license. Checked with my state with your websites. Did not think about it seeing one of my cousin with diabetes was getting her license renewed when I visited her a few weeks ago.

Wonder what my bosses said to the women who worked at our office with a brain tumor. She worked within a few days before she died.

I may have started a new policy at the office. Seeing that after I gave a copy of the items they wanted from me, she told me that the rest of the office will be notified to update their information. So when I receive the e-mail I shall see if they are asking everyone to give them the same information.

MAYS 2010-07-25 18:19:45 -0500 Report

It's all about covering one's self, both you and your employer are responsible for doing so, hopefully both sides can come to a compromise.
Best wishes.