How to deal with diabeties at a full time job

coworkers think that anyone with diabeties fake a low blood sugar reaction

Sounds like your co-workers need some education. Who cares what they thing anyway, as long as your boss is fine with you stopping when you have to to eat.

I agree with educating them, if possible. Try explaining about blood sugar ranges and showing them the number on your meter when you’re low. However, it’s also important to remember that you can only control your behavior, and that certain people will always believe what they want to believe. If your coworkers are being unkind to you about diabetes and they aren’t responsive to education, I hope that you take some measures to protect yourself emotionally. Remember that their opinion, hurtful though it may be, is only theirs, and in no way a reflection of you and your ability to manage your illness and your honesty about your health needs.

Take care.

i have belive me and my behavior is normal it really scared them though just to see how i was and they never dealt with a strange reaction

Are ya kidding me??

I work in a pretty easy going place and have my meter out on my desk all the time and bring food right with me to meetings, no one ever has said one thing to me and they were my greatest cheerleaders when I decided to go on the pump.

We all joke when food is brought in that is not diabetic friendly how I am gonna let my pump really open up. I test all the time and when I was on shots, shot up where ever I was at.

Well and you know how I react to any comments about my diabetes, just read my DMV post. :wink: Pre pumping no one really knew about my diabetes, not sure why.


Some people think the pump works just like a pancreas. Also they think a diabetic is very easy to control.

That is very true, John. Even my family thinks that now I am pumping that my life is easier.With tighter control, I think, diabetes is even harder.

I did fail to mention that for the last 3 years I have been given the hardest teaching load in my department. With all that extra stress I was lucky to be nominated by the College Board for the teacher of the year award in the state of Ohio. I tried not to let diabetes get me down.

I had this also at my job…they didn’t understand…untill one day I really had a heavy one…
they just don’t realise what it is…
they also don’t recognise it, sometimes I do’nt even realise when I have a hypo…it’s though sometimes

Hard to fake profuse sweating as you are shaking… Has only happened a couple times this past year but I just grab a snack (have not had to use the glucose tabs yet) and wait 15 minutes and continue doing my job the best I can. They can’t ask more than that, and if they do…screw em!
As far as a co worker, well if that is the kind of people you work with then you might want to find a new job! My Co- Workers know where my glucose tabs are and can relate ( I work with 2 other diabetics as a machinist)… I guess I am lucky!
But if a co worker considered that I was faking a low to get out of work or stayed home because of some problem related to diabetes I think I might re consider them as a friend and associate with someone you can trust that will help you out if you do encounter a low at work… This is not a joke and any co worker with an ounce of respect for another human being should understand this! Give me their phone number and let me straighten them out!

I have always worked with very understanding bosses, but a girl said to me one day that her cousin was D and he NEVER had any bother with it. She said it in a kinda snide manner, it has peeeeeed me off for a long time, well now I have told all of you. Someone once said "don’t let anyone live rent free in you head ". Now when I see her I just smile and walk past, head held high. I hate hate hate going low, especially outside of my own home, its hardly something we’d fake. One woman said she never believed D could be so tiring, until she got it herself.

I educate as much as possible… I live in San Antonio and we have twice the national average of T2 diabetes here, so everyone takes for granted that when you say diabetes, you mean T2. I try to explain the difference. I also never miss work, never get there late, never cry wolf. When I do call in sick (only once in the last 4 years, Norwalk virus) they know I am really sick. They understand when I have a pump issue, I need to take care of if NOW, not in 10 mins. I always tell new coworkers that if you ever find me unconsious, call 911, tell them I am a T1 diabetic, they will (hopefully) know what to do. That scares people enough to let me do what I need to do.