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What do you do for work?
2 years ago  ::  Jan 05, 2013 - 11:08PM #12
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i know about working on cars, and i am experienced (35 yrs) and can do anything, incuding engine swaps etc. but i know what its like to run out of energy.

sorry, but i build computers too, and i laugh when people with desk jobs complain about fatigue. you have no idea!!!!!!

my company was taken over by US STEEL, and i work in condiditions that would make the post-office blush for their motto.

the only condition we can ever stand down for is an electrical storm. we work in the worst weather, hot and cold, outside, year round.

i can easily put on 4 miles walking every day, driving pickup banding vehicles, dragging banding thru mud and snow and slush, with frozen hands,

looping banding thru coils and tensioning and crimping them BY HAND, my feet get wet and cold, and imagine jumping in and out of the truck a thousand times. then we do computer work to print tickets, and go back out to 'mark them up' as truck loads.

sometimes there are no loads to ship, but we do all this 'forelog', 'ahead of time'. 

i just learned that diabetes is a DISABILITY. i have been constantly threatened with discipline and brow beaten for not meeting performance expectation. this is beginning to affect my mental state, and i am bi-polar as well, i feel threatened and now this is all i can think of, only 2 years from retirement and losing my job. i get too tired to keep going. you people that knock unionized workers have no idea, i'd be fired already with 28 years service, listen, no-one is that special, if they want you gone, you will be without a union. 

why was i never told hat diabetes is a disability entitled to accomodation? i feel i have been suffering this abuse for no reason, pushed beyond my limits when i know they know better, actually discrimination. is'nt that what it is when someone is being abused for something they cannot help? it's the ultimate in a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. and the companies are totally in the know, and totally liable.

canadian and american legislation is quite clear, and i should be given breaks if necessay, not being whipped to keep up with younger people or people without disabilities.

why was'nt i told? us steel is no stranger to this issue. 

2 years ago  ::  Sep 06, 2012 - 10:47AM #11
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I work in a large store for a busy retail chain. My position is sales associate for Home/Kids which is the entire back of the store plus I have to answer customer calls and run to the front of the store to be on the register. Needless to say my blood sugar drops often. I eat before I go to work and then I have a 15 minute break in the middle of my shift. I really think that retail, etc. is definitely NOT a job for a person with diabetes. They want you to work crazy hours, do the work of 20 people, and look down on you when you have to go to the back because your sugars low! Because I also have a seizure disorder & frozen shoulders which cause me pain, I'm currently thinking of applying for Social Security Disability because my body can't take this kind of work anymore and I'm not qualified for any other "easier" positions. I wish I could work full-time like everyone else but unfortunately I can't.


3 years ago  ::  Jun 13, 2012 - 9:56AM #10
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I am a Certified Health Education Specialist and I am chipping away at a grad degree in the health field. Before this I worked in public health, which was excellent (I took walks for 15-20 min as a break with some other ladies there). Also the health benefits were great!

3 years ago  ::  May 04, 2012 - 7:26PM #9
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...working in the medical field is great because diabetes has given me insight into what patients are dealing with, and also I gain insight from patients I encounter.

3 years ago  ::  May 04, 2012 - 7:24PM #8
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Medical Technician at an urgent treatment center.  Basically I am between a C.N.A. and an R.N....still have two more years of schooling before I receive my B.S.N. from the University of Louisville.  During the past year I discovered that I enjoy all things microbic!!

3 years ago  ::  Mar 29, 2012 - 8:03PM #7
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This is the 2nd time I've written this. I hope I can remember it all.  I have been on a sixty carb per meal diet for the last six or seven years. My a1c hasn't been over 5.9 in six years. I run 2-4 miles 4 days a week, and walk 30 minutes a day six days a week. My last doctor visit was Monday. He said my number are better than his. I once checked 3 times a day, then once a day now once every couple days doctor's suggestion. I live my life to control my diabetes not it me.


3 years ago  ::  Mar 29, 2012 - 2:25PM #6
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I am an IT Professional, so I may sit for a long time. I work with a school system, and I have access to some schools gyms. At lunch, one school that I take care of we have a "meeting" every day to exercise. I am on the road alot there for I carry a large lunch box for my healthy foods. That helps me stay away from the junk out there. 

3 years ago  ::  Mar 28, 2012 - 6:26PM #5
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I forgot to add that before I was diagnosed going to the bathroom every 30-45 min was a pain. Several of my co-workers that were diabetics began to notice my patterns and advised me to go to the Doctor and get checked out. Going to the bathroom that much was beginning to slow my work production down (at the time I was still a mechanic). Having several others at the time helped me ease into my treatment plan that my PCP prescribed. At least I had someone to talk to that understood what I was going through since by the time I was diagnosed both of my parents were deceased. I really couldn’t talk with my sister because of her dementia and brain tumor diagnosis. Both of my parents and sister, as well as both of my grandmothers were diabetics. However I wouldn’t say that any of them were positive role models since all of them (except my fathers mother) were on insulin and ate what ever they wanted so they all had uncontrolled sugars. During the later parts of my sisters life when she was diagnosed with dementia my brother-in-law before he died was beginning to control what she ate as well as the amount, however at the time I didn’t realize why. My father’s mother was the only one on the pill but she lived 8 hrs away from me that I don’t really know much about her diet other that the fact that I do know that she cut out eating “sugar” all together and sometimes would go low enough to be hospitalized because she would refuse to eat or drink anything sweet when she started going low because her Doctor told her not to eat or drink anything with sugar in it.

Working with others that are diabetics has helped me learn how to manage my diabetes, but sometimes we become each others diabetic police without meaning to and during those times it we probably do the opposite of what we should do, I know I sometimes do. As far as my non-diabetic co-workers go, since I am the only female on the shift they tend to watch out for me and sometimes get on my nerves with are you sure you need to eat that, but if I start acting funny they will be the first to say that I need to check my BS and if it’s low someone will go to the coke machine and get me a coke.  Sometimes they know I’m going low before I realize it myself.  A couple of them will remind me to ride my bike even if we’re really busy to help me with my weight loss exercise, unfortunately the only thing I can’t get them to do right now is exercise with me like walking on the days that I can’t ride my bike, but I’m working on that.


3 years ago  ::  Mar 28, 2012 - 12:20PM #4
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This is great, Gima and Norm! Thanks for sharing! Curious. Sounds like you both have to be very detail-oriented in your jobs so does that translate over to how you manage your diabetes, or does it in fact make you want to do the very opposite?

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3 years ago  ::  Mar 27, 2012 - 6:15PM #3
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Mechanic Foreman (or should I say Foreperson being that I'm femaleSmile) for a Utility Company. We work on anything from a 5 passenger car to a Bantum Crane. Was a mechanic for 20 yrs here before becoming a Foreman.


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