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mbuster 02-14-2016 02:04

I work in a similar environment, the power plant of a paper mill, but on the production side of things. We do have somewhat clean facilities to keep our lunch boxes and eat in, as well as restrooms to wash up. Far from 'clean room' standards for silicon valley, but good enough to keep the body's immune system exercised a little without jeopardy to one's life.

You could/should test around your lunch, but just taking tests at randomly convenient times really isn't too meaningful. I found my results at work to be rather helter skelter. Strenuous work should be lowering my BG, but it is often offset by the stresses over what caused the need to have to do the work and the stress of hurrying to get it fixed and running again.

John13 02-14-2016 09:55

How do you manage or deal with the stress?

mbuster 02-14-2016 12:36

Up until 3-4 years ago, the stress fueled me. I enjoyed it, but started realizing it wasn't doing anything but wearing me out.

After quadruple bypass surgery last year, I decided I had better make bigger changes in my priorities because I'm not going to fall out dead at work. If I did, they'd just hire someone at half the salary.

I still care and have a sense of urgency, I just don't jump thru hoops to hurry up and do it by myself. I feel better, physically and mentally and find I spend more time thinking about taking care of me.

VeeJay 02-14-2016 14:59

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Originally Posted by mbuster (Post 1075362)
I still care and have a sense of urgency, I just don't jump thru hoops to hurry up and do it by myself. I feel better, physically and mentally and find I spend more time thinking about taking care of me.

I had the same kind of stressful job. I took on more than was reasonable - I guess I wanted to think they thought better of me because of that (goes back to my childhood and my father, but that's another story). One day I woke up and noticed that no one else was working that hard and staying late every day. I decided I'd not do this either and if something didn't get done, well, it just didn't get done. Eventually they hired a second person. We both had plenty of work to do. Lesson learned. Employers don't look after the welfare of their workers unless they see a bottom-line need.

And that brings up the issue of not stopping to do BG testing. As a diabetic, especially one on insulin, accommodations MUST be made for you in the workplace. Its not really a big deal, not like you're leaving your station for a long period of time. But just going to the restroom to wash your hands (or one finger LOL) should be allowed with no question.

auntiekris 02-14-2016 16:38

Hi John -

I understand the stress side of diabetes as well. I'm really struggling with that right now, too. As a small business owner and during my busy time I'm here 7 days a week, 10-14 hour days. I'm realizing though, that if I don't take care of myself, I'll be doing nobody - my clients, my employees, me - any good. It's hard to change that mindset for sure. Veejay, my dad often measured a person's worth by how hard they worked...

And John, I know you mentioned that it seemed like everyone on this site has their bg under control, but I'm here and I struggle mightily. Just keep coming back, that's what I'm trying to do and it's helping.

John13 02-15-2016 06:07

Yeah sometimes work is like trying to be superman and the diabetes is my kryptonite.Maybe that isn't the correct metaphor but at times its hard and I feel like I got to hide it.I get worried when I step out for a moment because I have to take care of a low sugar(Worried I will get accused of screwing the pooch). Its stressful at times and don't want to get fired because they might think being a diabetic makes me a liability.

I have been thinking about taking a little time off to focus on my diabetes and get things a little more balanced or just under control again.
Another member here pointed out a fact that that wasn't on my mind.I could be dealing with more then eye complications.

I don't really know because I feel fine and eye sight is OK but the underlying issue or complications are still there and worsening.

I'm going for some blood work this week and I have an eye injection appointment on Friday.I'm hoping to see my doctor next week and discuss the results of the blood work.Based on the results of some of the tests I will have to make a choice.If it isn't as bad as I'm imagining I will keep working and develop better control of of my bg levels and other considerations of my diabetes or maybe take some time off to deal with my health issues.

mbuster 02-15-2016 11:41

Good or bad metaphor (I liked it), keeping the BG under control is like keeping the kryptonite in a lead box.

John13 02-17-2016 05:06

In the last couple of months of getting back on track I have been showing some improvement.Even though there is a lot more to do and correct I have been more stable.
There are morning spikes though,today it was 13.3mmol when I woke up.
I used to get wicked headaches and had a hard time sleeping.
Interesting how incorporating a few healthy habits into my lifestyle has had such a profound effect.

macksvicky 02-17-2016 20:33

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Originally Posted by auntiekris (Post 1075401)
Hi John -

I understand the stress side of diabetes as well. I'm really struggling with that right now, too. As a small business owner and during my busy time I'm here 7 days a week, 10-14 hour days. I'm realizing though, that if I don't take care of myself, I'll be doing nobody - my clients, my employees, me - any good. It's hard to change that mindset for sure. Veejay, my dad often measured a person's worth by how hard they worked...

And John, I know you mentioned that it seemed like everyone on this site has their bg under control, but I'm here and I struggle mightily. Just keep coming back, that's what I'm trying to do and it's helping.


Good for you, keep coming back! Don't let it get you down. I'm so glad to hear that it's helping.

VeeJay 02-17-2016 22:23

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Originally Posted by auntiekris (Post 1075401)
And John, I know you mentioned that it seemed like everyone on this site has their bg under control, but I'm here and I struggle mightily. Just keep coming back, that's what I'm trying to do and it's helping.

That's because the majority of folks who come here and learn to get their blood sugar under control don't stick around because they get on with their lives. There are a few, like me, who find visiting daily to be motivating and who also like to help others along the way.


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