Friday, I was called into my Ops Leads office after having a long night and was told, "You have been selected for a “Random Drug Test”… I had this done before so I didn’t have any worries, cause the only drugs I do is all my meds that I have to take
I went over to the hospital to have my drug test done. I was told to take everythig out of my pockets, when she saw the hose leading to my stomack, she wanted to see it and advised me to take it off. I had told the lady, this is a pump and I can’t take it off as it provides insulin. She had told me to take if off or she will mark down and tell HR that I fail to comply with the drug test. So I took if off. I went into the next room waited till I could provide a sample. The door opened and heard voices, and door closed. I came out with my sample, my pump was gone. I asked the lady where the pump is, she said we had to send it up to the lab to have it also tested if there is any illegal drugs in it. I was upset.
I waited in the room for 4 hours, I got off work at 7:30am and was over in the clinic till about 12:30pm waiting and feeling sick. I wasn’t allowed to leave the room to grab my bag that had my meter in it, other wise my drug test would be invalid according to the nurse that was there.
About 1pm - my pump came back, the insulin I had in the resovior was gone, and the lab lady said we dropped your gagit on the floor. The piston wouldn’t even prime or go back to starting position.
At this point, I was ferious, no matter I was an employee for the hospital and was treated like royal crap I hadf enough. I had contact House Administration and Patient Advocacy and filed a complaint. After speaking to the House Admin and said what happened, she said we will get insulin for you… That took another 2 hours, cause they couldn’t find Humulin R - U-500. So I told her just give me Regular Humulin and I’ll do the correction myself till I get home.
After all this, the Admin, said you need to pay the co-pay on the insulin and supplies were given to you. It might have been out of anger and fusteration, but I had advised after today - that the hostpail will be speaking to my lawyers, I had advised them you had put my life in danger by taking my pump away, dropped the insulin pump, taken the insulin out, and tha I have been off the pump for more since 8am and it wasn’t till about 3 something till I had gotten insulin to correct my high at 479.
I missed work Friday night (Night Shift) cause I had a raging migrain and feeling sick. MiniMed was getting a new pump to me on Saturday morning. I contacted my endro, cause my pump wouldn’t work when I got home, so i got a temp one from the office for over night…
I can’t believe I was treated this way, even from the place I work at. I felt like my civil rights were taken away from, even as an employee. Even though, I was still technically punched in for work when I was going though the drug test, I had filed an incient for injury / illness. My online form I filled this morning on line at work, reached my Ops Lead, and I recieved a call from him and asked me if I was serious.
I’m just fusterated and ferious and really don’t know, if I should make a case of discriminiation and ask for a few peoples jobs cause of what happened. Someone, who works in the clinic should have some brains in their head and notice the words on the pump “Insulin Pump” or have seen one.