It is so rare that I will actually leave or miss work due to diabetes. I think this is the second time in my life ... Today was one of those days, though, although I only left an hour early. Today started out great, both BG-wise and work-wise. I was super productive today! However, around lunchtime something clearly went wrong with my blood sugars:
6:22 - 6.3 (113) - Breakfast
7:57 - 7.6 (137)
9:31 - 4.3 (77)
11:00 - 6.2 (112)
12:30 - 15.2 (274) - Small lunch + correction
2:43 - 24.3 (437) - Correction
3:48 - 21.6 (389) - Correction with shot + went home
5:36 - 19.9 (358) - Tested ketones (moderate) + site & cartridge change
Who knows if my site just "went bad" as they sometimes do, or whether the insulin overheated or what. Needless to say, in the afternoon I felt super tired and thirsty and whenever my blood sugar seems that high and isn't coming down I HATE being out and about. I'd much rather be home.
I did realize that I should probably keep a site change and Ketostix at work for situations like this. I always have a backup insulin pen with me for situations like this, but having some backup supplies wouldn't hurt.
Now I am at home eating a zero-carb dinner and hoping my blood sugar comes down to something reasonable soon!
When do you stay home or go home sick citing diabetes as the reason?
I don't either.
It's super nice that at my current job we have good flex hours, so I left early today but can make it up another day. Not sure I would have left if we had set hours.
Flex hours are nice, I worked from home 3 days of the week for about a year and half and it made things like Dr apt's much easier, but LOL I was bored out of my mind. Now I'm back to 8-5 but my dept is nice and even though its set hours, they really try to work with u regarding Dr aptt's
I don't work (at least not on a regular schedule), Jen. But I can certainly understand your going home considering the circumstances. Since you do it rarely, it certainly seems justified and like you are taking care of yourself!
I'm sorry you had such a lousy afternoon and I hope it's getting better. Yes, sets at work sound like a great idea and if that's what you got out of the experience, that's great.
never have and I don't bring supplies either, I have run six flight of stairs to fix a high that wasn't budging.
Lately I don't shop much anymore because the walking makes me low, but at work I just sit and suffer in silence.
I lost my first site the other day and how it happend I have no idea, but LUCKILY I was at home. But I dont really bring supplies either, well other than my meter.
I think it wouldn't be as big a deal if I lived closer to work and/or could drive. But as it is, it's a 1.5 hour commute on transit between work and home, so it's hard to just pop home quickly.
You don't correct?
I don't think running stairs will work in the case of a bad site (which I'm pretty sure mine was as I was feeling sick and had ketones, plus it started coming down as soon as I changed sites). I think exercise would just drives up BG and ketones even faster, since you're not getting any/much insulin, and make things worse. For a high caused by miscalculating food, I'd do stairs, though.
It's now 8:00 PM and my blood sugar is 12.3 (221 mg/dl), so definitely heading in the right direction!
I was thinking back and I think this might be the first time I've left work because of diabetes. In university I did miss half of one class because I was low and didn't wake up, but that was sort of an accident, and at least I showed up for the second half! (It was actually really embarrassing; I happened to walk in during the break and didn't realize class was half over, I thought I'd arrived at the beginning and was so confused!)
It may not make me a "good worker" but I usually try to power through any high/low bg's by making necessary corrections and just working harder.
I'm not really ignoring my diabetes (because I am working on the corrections) but by working harder I don't worry about it so much. Does that make sense? Probably not. Aren't we actually supposed to go home when we're sick?
I guess that's complicated. At work there's an ongoing arbitration between my union and my employer. The latest arbitration agreement, among other things, requires me to bring in a doctor's note for any illness exceeding three days (this is the actual wording). I've had diabetes for 30 years. That means I owe work a couple thousand doctor's notes? I hardly ever miss work because of diabetes except for doctor's appointments but technically to be in compliance with the arbitrator's orders I would have to bring in notes all the time. (My bosses at work don't insist on such notes but HR is escalating it by turning up the heat on them so they collect the notes). This is nutty.