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Old 08-08-2017, 05:19   #1
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well I started a new job July 11th and the 1st day did not go very well my blood sugar went down to 35 and needed some help, I am a type 1 brittle diabetic so I could not feel my low sugar. I did get some help and the next day since the manager was on vacation one of the Sr guy pulled me in a room and asked what happened yesterday and I told him. Then he said from his director I better be able to keep my numbers under control or if it happens a 2nd time I will loose my contract job, he said this right to my face. So 3 week later it happened again on Aug 3rd and I was able to take care of it and get my sugar up after a little while. After work on Friday I got a call from the contracting company saying I was not working out for the company and I lost my job. The 2nd time it happened I got my sugar up after a hour and the manager took 3 hours off my time for the medical issue. My doctor changed my meds for my back which in return effects my sugars so I was trying my best to manager my sugars with my other meds so it is trying at times and this time I lost my job because of it. For the job wise I was doing a good job and I was working better then they would have thought, but because of my diabetes and low blood sugar they let me go, what can I do because this is a big company and I am just 1 guy. Thanks for your help

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That's really too bad Jason

I assume you are not an employee of the company but a contract worker. I'm not sure what the regulations for accommodations would be, if any, for a non-employee.

What kind of work is it? Would low BG put you in danger of injury? If so, I can see the contractor looking at possible law suits if you get hurt and not wanting to take the risk.

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Yikes. Jason. That's really rough. I don't know how the ADA applies to contracted employees but that hardly seems like a fair way to treat anyone.

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You sound like a perfect candidate for a CGM ........ Continuous Glucose Monitor
It would warn you that your blood sugar is dropping way before you went that low.

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I certainly have had my share of lows as a type 1 while working in IT both as a FT employee and contractor for the last 40 years (except between 2004 - 2014 when i had a transplanted pancreas) and the less the company knew about my health the better. The more the corporate world knows about the risks and symptoms of type 1 diabetes and low blood sugar, the more likely they will find a reason to find someone else without the complications.

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I certainly have had my share of lows as a type 1 while working in IT both as a FT employee and contractor for the last 40 years (except between 2004 - 2014 when i had a transplanted pancreas) and the less the company knew about my health the better. The more the corporate world knows about the risks and symptoms of type 1 diabetes and low blood sugar, the more likely they will find a reason to find someone else without the complications.
Last Dec 1 i woke up and drove to work at 5:30am about 20 miles away and arrived at my desk at 5:50am with a bad headache, 2 trips to the bathroom with nausea, and chills. I then tested my blood sugar which read 39. Thankfully no one was in that early as i continued on with my work after I rose my glucose level as the side affects lasted 2 more hours. That is the way I learned to cope, just suck it up, move ahead, and get thru it. With the amount of ignorance and misunderstanding surrounding the life of those with type 1 diabetes, especially as i grew up, no sense in providing ammunition to a company, coworkers or your boss.

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