Hi all! I’m wondering if anyone has experience working in a fast-paced healthcare setting (or something similar) and has advice about how to manage blood sugar at work. I’m currently in school to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant (woo!) and I could work in a variety of healthcare settings including acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, pediatric outpatient clinics (lots of moving around and working with autistic kiddos and those with behavioral issues), schools, mental health facilities, and home health. There are a lot of possibilities – which is awesome – but I worry that I won’t be able to keep up or “pull my weight” in some of the more physically demanding and fast-paced environments. There are plenty of healthcare settings where things get so crazy busy that breaks and mealtimes are delayed or even skipped every now and then.
I was only diagnosed (type 1) last year (my 1st diaversary was 2 weeks ago! woop woop!) so I’m still relatively new at this, but at the moment I work as an aide at a physical therapy clinic and there have been a few times where I had to stop working with a patient to go treat a low and sit in the break room, waiting for my sugar to come back up. It’s awkward, and sometimes I feel like I’m a weak link and I feel bad that someone has to cover for me.
My question is, has anybody found anything that helps them thrive in a fast-paced work environment? Working in healthcare, I’m responsible for not only my own health but someone else’s, and they’ll be counting on me to be on my A-game. I’ve considered just not pursuing the faster paced settings, but I don’t want to give up on something that I could really love doing. I don’t want diabetes to hold me back, but I also want to be realistic and take good care of myself.
I’m currently on MDI. Lantus and Novolog (although apparently I’m switching to Humalog next script…thanks new insurance). My a1c is great, but I do have some swings in both directions and I struggle keeping my post-meal sugars below 140…at least as often as I’d like. Would a pump and/or CGM really make that much of a difference? (Either way…I want that Freestyle Libre ASAP when it becomes available in the US…like…NOW. )
What do you guys thinks?