Working with diabetes


6:30 pm: The beginning of the day after a short night
My insulin pump, which I use as an alarm clock goes off. Time to get up and go to work, but I feel like I can sleep for hours. I went last night twice out of my bed. One time I woke up feeling hungry, I had a hypo. The second time my insulin pump gave an alarm: the hose was hiding.

I decide to start an hour later and got to bed one more time.

09.30: With grape on edge
I arrive at work. I like working, as after a while I noticed that I see the letters blurred early on my screen. Only once to check my blood sugar. I’m way too low! Grab my glucose out of my bag and eat some tablets. After five minutes I feel less weak, and I will continue with my work.

12.00: Lunch
Just check and estimate how much insulin I need to inject for lunch.

15.00: Fellow with a hypo?
The last event of today is a consultation with my colleague. During our consultation work, I see that she has trouble getting out of her words. I know that she also has diabetes and doubt if I should say something about it. Does She talks this way because she has a hypo? Or is she just thinking what they want to say? I decide to ask her whether we should take a break because I do not want to take over control of her diabetes.

17.00: Please go home
The working day is over and I am happy with what I got out today. I realize very good that I am lucky with my employer and colleagues, who like no other know what diabetes is. Working with diabetes can go very well. It helps enormously if you can be open and there is room for your diabetes at the times when it is needed. I think it is important that people know how working with diabetes is and what you need to do at work. Is that also your experience? Than tell your supervisor and your colleagues about your diabetes and what you need!

— Nancy