I am curious to know if anyone else has ever lied about being diabetic. I have generally not told people at work that I have T1. I work in a place where people are pretty introverted, so hiding it has never been that hard.
I always keep a container of glucotabs on my desk so I can find them if I go low. No one has ever asked about them. Anyway, maybe it was that or my eagerness to go eat lunch one day, but about a year or two ago, a coworker asked if I was diabetic. Granted, she asked me at a really inappropriate moment (in front of other people), so I just lied and said no, but my blood sugar got low sometimes. I left it at that and she never brought it up again.
I started working with someone else this year, and she noticed the glucotabs and asked if I was diabetic (in a far more appropriate setting when we were alone). At first, I was going to lie like I did in the past — but, for whatever reason, I didn’t. I actually told her the truth. Turns out her ex was diabetic (T1 I assume, based on her description) so she undertsands to some degree.
The thing is, I never realized how detrimental “hiding” my diabetes at work was to my health. Or maybe I did but I’ve been looking the other way. For example, I was always scared of going low so I let my BGs run a little high, even though this made my A1C not so great. I also sometimes didn’t make the best food choices at office parties (and would then sneak off afterwards to take some insulin to cover those indulgences).
This past year, I’ve been trying really hard to be better - I’m back on the pump, counting carbs (most of the time), and just generally trying to do the things I should be doing (like actually going to the doctors’ appointments I’ve been putting off). But this also means that I have to be a bit more honest at work. I’ve told maybe two other people, and I am sure more people know by now. It makes me feel a little weird.
So, how have others handled this? Do you tell? Do you not tell? How do you handle all the moments where D can potentially come up?