So recently I saw an article circulating around Facebook about a news anchor who is a Type One Diabetic. He apparently has issues with his diabetes within his workplace due to time sensitive nature of his job (i.e. having a low fifteen minutes before air time). I read that article and realized that is was sort of ridiculous how much I related to it.
For instance, my day today. I’ve been awake since 4 AM this morning with a pretty gnarly stomach bug. As we all know, managing your diabetes with a stomach bug can be quite a challenge already due to fluctuating insulin needs/food intake, general sickness, and possible dehydration. On top of that, I am six months pregnant. That adds a whole new level of potential risk to this situation.
I tried calling my boss and explaining the situation this morning only to be met with, “We still need you today. There’s nothing I can do about it.” I feel like I’m pretty livid and rightfully so. I have been honest since the day they hired me about my diabetes. They’re usually pretty understanding if I have complications like a low at work, etc. and they know I’m pregnant. But today I feel scorned. They’re asking me to risk my health, AND my child’s health, because they’re short staffed and can’t afford for me to put my health first and not be there.
The worst part is this isn’t the first job I’ve had to put my diabetes on the back burner for, it’s just the first time I’ve had to do it while pregnant and I’m severely uncomfortable with it. I know this is a common issue, almost every job I’ve ever had has asked me to sacrifice my health for my job at some point. My question is, how do you deal with it? At this point I feel like putting in my two weeks and finding employment elsewhere (which I know realistically won’t solve anything but I’m just so irritated right now). Have you ever had to leave a job because they just couldn’t understand your need to put your health first?
I hate that it’s a part of life and “being an adult,” that you are expected to sacrifice your health for work.