I am wondering if I can get a pulse on what people do with about letting people know about their diabetes at the office, specifically to their supervisors and asking for breaks.
I work a 9-5 desk job for a large medical place we all know the name of. My particular department does not work from home and I am in back to back to back meetings all day long. There have been many days I have not been able to eat lunch and I cram food into my mouth to feed the insulin. I have been on MDI but am starting the omnipod today. You can't miss the pod thru my clothes- it's huge on me.
What I am wondering is has anyone figured out what "resonable" accomodations are? Is there someplace that can give me examples? Can I ask for a "reasonable" time for lunch (15 mins) to eat real food? Yes, yes, I know I'm supposed to get one but we get told "we're salary" so we just work it... I have already gone to hr about this. Nada.
Can I ask for some understanding if I'm late to a meeting so I can adjust my blood sugar? What if I carry my meter around with me- I still can't do that in the middle of a meeting with executives. What is a reasonable request?
I have to say, in 15 years of working corporate, I have never run into this and am completely floored. Had I known this I would not have taken this job. I have never had a job that was just this busy in meetings with no breaks. And YES I am looking to transfer to another department or find another job, but what do I do in the meantime? I'd like to get a feel for what others have done. I also have been here a year now and never told anyone- is it going to be a problem if I ask for these things now?