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After some advice

Discussion in 'Jobs and Employment' started by StaceyEmma, May 30, 2019.

  1. StaceyEmma

    StaceyEmma · Well-Known Member

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    Ok so a bit of background. I’m 4 weeks into my T-1 diagnosis been off work 6 weeks GP was starting me on glicazamide (SP?) As at the time I was under a T-2 diagnosis and due to me generally suffering badly from side effect of any and all medication I get started on we came to the decision to have me off while we started on the new drugs.
    I’m still not really mentally adjusting to the new diagnosis still extremely weepy although good at hiding it from family and my current sick note is due to expire tomorrow. Which isn’t helping my anxiety levels. Although I only work in a call centre it is still shifts obviously while I’ve been off I’ve got my body into a pretty regular routine for eating as previously didn’t eat lunch unless off work. If I’m not due to finish till 8 plus risk of being stuck on a call I’m at extremely high risk of hypo as I generally eat my evening meal at 6 by which point I’m ready for it normally between 4/5mmol.
    I’ve had a few very lows but not quiet hypos I’ve had one hypo and a heck of a lot of highs.

    So the advice I’m really looking for is do I get another extension to my sick note until I can get in to see my regular GP or just risk going back to full time hours with no restrictions around working hours?
     
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    StaceyEmma · Well-Known Member

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    I plan on keeping a slab of 18 cans of full fat coke under my desk when I go back and always have glucose tabs on me regardless of where I am. Need to get some digestives for at my desk too.

    Can’t really break down in tears on the phone which is what is making me think I’m not ready as I’m breaking down all the time which is not a great look/feeling.

    What is PITA?
     
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    Colin Crowhurst Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    lol, Pain In the ****
     
  4. 1spuds

    1spuds Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I would see my Dr
     
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    StaceyEmma · Well-Known Member

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    I thought it might have been abbreviation for something
     
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    StaceyEmma · Well-Known Member

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    I’ve been trying all week to get in to see one any one as mine is on holiday but keep getting told try again tomorrow. Last chance to try tomorrow and I’m not going to take no as an answer coz I need some advice on what to do
     
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  7. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Whilst I sympathose with the receptionists you are speaking to, it is important you explain your current sicknote is due to expire and you feel you are really not well enough to return to work yet.

    One would hope in that instance you would be able to see smeon or they would call you?

    Was your current sick note issued by your GP or a hospital? If it was your G, there should be notes made at the point of issue to justify it, so they would be the starting point for anyone else you were consulting.
     
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    StaceyEmma · Well-Known Member

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    I’m not hiding the diagnosis from my family just the bursting into tears and my low mood. It’s pretty hard to hide those big yellow sharps bins anywhere!
    My mam trains basic diabetic care for elderly care home settings her first thing she said is can I have your empty pens for training.
     
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    StaceyEmma · Well-Known Member

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    I know how busy out surgery is so I completely see where the receptionist is coming from too.
    My current one was issued by my GP I’m going to go down the surgery in purpose in the morning to see about having it extended hopefully for pick up by mid afternoon if not there and then.
     
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    StaceyEmma · Well-Known Member

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    It’s ok I probably didn’t write it very clearly to start with. The family are being supportive and as helpful as they can be. Even gone through the very basics with my 8 yr old nephew (just in case).

    But such a major life change just weeks before a milestone birthday on top of preexisting depression and anxiety just toppled me over the edge I am constantly on the verge of tears if not already have them streaming down my face. I’m not normally one for sharing my emotions or emotional state with anyone but need help.
     
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    StaceyEmma · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Knikki a hug would be very appreciated.
    I ended up randomly ending up at my friends this afternoon not even knowing she was in just for a hug.
     
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  12. Kim Possible

    Kim Possible Type 1 · Expert

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    Regarding your question on when to go back to work, now you know but at some stage, you will need to return to work so I would talk to your manager and human resource representative about the bst way to ease you back to work.
    Your comment about hyping because you work through your normal meal time suggests your insulin regime needs to be reviewed. Are you on fixed dose or do you inject when you eat? A basal bolus insulin regime (injecting fast acting insulin when you eat and slow acting insulin once or twice a day) should mean the time of day you eat does not matter.
    If you inject fixed doses, I would recommend talking to your doctor because you should not have to eat to your insulin dose.
     
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    I’m on both. Deguldec once a day and novo rapid each meal time but both are on set units for the moment I am still in the honeymoon period and producing my own insulin as well as injecting. I’ve not had any courses yet or advice about carb counting for insulin ratios.

    I am only 4 weeks into a correct diagnosis so everything is still new and scary as I don’t like not being in control of my own body.
     
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    Kim Possible Type 1 · Expert

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    @StaceyEmma in that case, if you hypo if you have too long between meals, it suggests to me your Duguldec dose is too high because slow acting insulin is usually fixed to keep your BG stable through the day.
    I would recommend discussing adjusting your dose with your diabetes team.
    You mention a GP appointment. With type 1 you should have a dedicated diabetes team with a DSN. If you do not have one, I would demand your GP surgery arranges an appointment with a hospital based team as soon as possible.
     
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    StaceyEmma · Well-Known Member

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    I’ve been sent to the hospital team but they don’t want to see me back for a few months. I had an initial face to face and a phone conversation a week later but that is it.
     
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    1spuds Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thats clear. I love your pro-active stance. Standing up for ourselves is important with this diagnosis.
     
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    Well I tried to talk to my dad about my mental state post diagnosis but that didn’t help. He basically said that there’s nothing I can do to change it stop feeling sorry for myself and get back to work.
    I have managed to get a GP appointment for 12:20 for medical advice on going back or not.
     
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    Further update. Signed off for another two weeks with plans for a phased return starting from the 15th. Spoke to my manager and she’s putting in referrals to occupational health and another team for mental well-being she’s concerned that I might really struggle going back with being off for a while but she understands that I’m not ready yet and is trying to find every means of getting me back safely
     
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  19. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    I'm so glad you got sorted and have a bit more time on this.

    Now, I'm not T1, so some things are easy for me to say, but maybe you have to do a little experimenting, in terms of eating later (as if your luch was delayed) for example, so that you think sbout what you actually need to do to cope with it.
     
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    Today’s lunch was delayed with going to the drs and popping into work to discuss things with my manager but due to getting up a bit later than I would usually worked out ok for meal time gaps.
    I was 13.5 before leaving the house and 5.2 just now before eating lunch which is only 2 hours between
     
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