Patients Diabetes (Type 2)
Coronavirus and Type 2 Diabetes: Should we work or not?
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Hi everyone, my wife works for a government contracter deemed "critical," so she still goes in to work and can't work from home. She's a type 2 diabetic but "healthy," meaning that I doesn't have any complications. Her BG is balanced, she's taking a "minimal" oral medication to handle it. Essentially she just feels like "everyone else". The problem is that all of our friends and her coworkers that know she's diabetic are always saying "she shouldn't be working, she should be off, etc." Should she really be off work?
She works on a small team and right now they've got them working in shifts so that not everyone is there at once. They're apparently keeping a distance from one another and they disinfect their desks when they get in, so I don't know if she's taking a risk or not by going in every day. We're both unsure of what she should do. Her manager knows she's diabetic and hasn't said anything about it, it's mostly just her coworkers and our friends.
What do you all think? We're really unsure about it all.
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@cristonale Hello cristonale, thank you for opening this discussion! I think many people who work in critical industries are struggling right now, especially those who live with a chronic condition.
Hello members, I hope you don't mind that I've tagged you. Do any of you work in critical industries like cristonale's wife or do you know anyone who does? Do you have any advice? What would you do in this situation?
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Well I deliver for staples so I supply for hospitals and clinics as well it's been very scary no doubt so I took 2 weeks off praying for something to come about this situation I cant be off work to long so I just got on Amazon and getting prepared to go back for one the mask that there telling us not to wear unless your sick is only because it's a shortage now there saying the mask will help you not catch the virus which I new along so personally protect yourself be very careful my wife still works and her job I done feel is essential but companies are not really taking this seriously so with her she gets home takes her clothes off and shoes in the garage and bring them straight to the laundry then jumps in the shower
I work in a hospital where there are corona patients, should I continue to work.
@cristonale Oh wow that must be so scary for you and your wife! Even though she's pretty healthy it still must be weird for you both for her to being going out during all of this! If she feels ok and is handling her BG well, then she should go ahead and keep working! And i guess keep disinfecting everything when she gets there and when she gets home.
@Dugasboi that's a good idea of your wife for the clothes. cristonale maybe she should do that.
@Manning12 Do you have an "essential job" or is something you can do from home maybe? If you're in good health and are taking all the precautions then maybe you'll be ok? What do your coworkers or boss think?
Jas 44 I work in a hospital we got to wear mask through out the shift
Actually my wife will be taking off as well shes getting things together as we speak it's still to risky every other day it's something new with this virus it went from 6 feet now 27 feet so if we dont know and they dont know exactly how this virus operates the doo's and don'ts then people as ourselves have to take the necessary steps it's hard with a paycheck but I've called and working something out with my mortgage company my car company and my car insurance and they are willing to work with us we have to put health first they make it very clear diabetics are in real danger so we cant take that for granted plus when your scared and nervous you make more mistakes so if possible please stay out the way
Hi I'm new here! I don't have any advice to @cristonale regarding about his wife who is still reporting for work, but instead I would just like to say thank you for the continuous sacrifice to keep the wheel moving for the rest of us. I have been a work at home parent for many years and it is very relaxing to work at home behind a computer. no communting, no uniforms, no bosses breathing behind your neck, but at times it gets lonely working without any officemates and there are times I feel socially isolated and disconnected. And now they say it is the new normal. It is bizarre to see the streets empty and you have to form a line to enter a grocery store. I hope we can eradicate this virus in the entire planet. Stay healthy everyone.
I work as a therapist in a pseudo-residential drug and alcohol facility. I am into my third week of unpaid leave because there was no reasonable accommodation to be made (telehealth) and the lack of ability to follow CDC guidelines (social distancing, no gatherings of more than 10, etc). My last A1C test was 8.0 a few months back; however, we made adjustments to meds and I renewed my commitment to bring my numbers down before the pandemic. I have been exercising daily, eating well, and intermittently fasting and my numbers are consistently in “normal” range! I’m due for another A1C, but that will obviously need to be tabled. I will continue with the lifestyle changes and return to work when, at the very least, we are on the downward track of the curve and/or when I am able to protect myself while providing services. This was a very difficult decision to make; I am committed to my work, but I need to be here to keep doing it.
Also, I was feeling really anxious at the onset of the pandemic and I wanted something natural to take. I started taking Ashwagandha, which also is supposed to stabilize blood sugar, and everything in combination gives me hope that I might be able to managed my condition without meds in the future!
I work in a doctor’s office, doing medical billing, which my boss feels is a vital role. I disagree due to the fact that I deal with 4 of the top factors for catching this. When I get worried I put on my face shield.
@cristonale wow what a strange situation! I had obviously thought about the emergency and medical teams working like doctors and nurses, but I hadn't even really thought about government workers. How is she doing? Did she end up still going to work?
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