My job recently decided to switch my shift so that I have to leave my diabetic 2-year-old with a babysitter all night twice a week. I am completely, utterly not comfortable with this. She usually only watches him 3 days a week, 3 hours a day, so this is a very big change. My husband and I can’t bring ourselves to do it and we’ve told my manager that I can’t, in good conscience, leave him. He’s bottomed out three times this week alone and when he does, it’s like fighting a tiger to get anything into him to bring him up. Most times it takes an hour of fighting.
People at work are telling me that I’m overreacting and that I’m trying to get out of the switch by pulling the “my son has a chronic disease” card. I’m quite offended by that. I have no problem with our older, nondiabetic daughter staying there overnight or the shift, only leaving him overnight with her. There are no other babysitters in the area who will watch him overnight or, when I tell them he’s diabetic, will agree to watch him at all. The babysitter can’t get trained because she can’t spend the day or the gas money getting to Indianapolis. She has a chronically ill child herself, watches three others overnight, and she has a few medical problems of her own. I just don’t see how she’d be able to give him the kind of care that he requires overnight.
Any advice you have would be appreciated. I’ve already told my manager the reasons I can’t do it but he doesn’t seem to care. My husband can’t change his shift, either, to make sure that we wouldn’t have any days of leaving him overnight. My shift would be from 4:30 to 3am, so she’d have to give him his dinner shot.