I have worked numerous jobs being a diabetic from being a shop assistant to a waitress. I have always found my employers very supportive of my diabetes and I have been able to resolve any highs or lows effectively.
In September I started as a full-time teacher. I have always been very worried that my diabetes would prevent me to do things in life, however this is my dream job and I am going to share how I am finding this.
I have always found being a diabetic means it is important to have a routine. It has now been 3 months and I am still finding I don’t have a daily pattern which I can work with. My blood sugars are often different each day, this can be due to exercise, stress and lack of sleep.
Lucky I am hypo aware and I am able to identify and resolve any hypos as quick as possible and all the children in my class are very mature about this.
My biggest struggle is spiking after lunch time. I have always used novorapid insulin and put my insulin in my pump 20 minutes before eating, however I still struggle with large spikes. This week I have started Fiasp insulin. I am really hoping that this is going to resolve some of my spikes which are resulting in daily highs and lows.
When I have a good day I feel on top of the world and I am hoping for more of these.
My top tips for working with diabetes are:
– Tell your employer and employees, they are more than likely going to be very supportive and ask how they can help you whilst at work.
-Make sure colleagues are aware of what to do in an emergency.
-Have hypo treatment available at all times.
-Don’t over do it!
-Get enough sleep