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Called into the office for using my insulin in staffroom

Discussion in 'Jobs and Employment' started by Beat2k, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Rita60

    Rita60 · Newbie

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    I had a boss who when sitting in my office having lunch would complain about me injecting my insulin, although I did it into my leg below my desk, I told him if he didn't like it leave my office!
     
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  2. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    High 5 Rita :)
     
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  3. rogerzanker

    rogerzanker Type 2 · Newbie

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    My thoughts exactly I inject myself where ever I am I try to be as discrete as I can but they'll always be someone that objects. As for using a toilet to test and to inject yourself that's a non started it's breeding ground for all sorts of infects
     
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  4. Cumberland

    Cumberland Type 1 · Master

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    I was in a club one evening and went to the toilet to inject, someone in there must have went to a member of staff and the next thing I knew I was being grilled by a bouncer as I was just about to leave the toilet, when I explained what I was doing and showed the bouncer my novorapid he was ok

    I still seek out toilets to inject, but do inject in full public view if I need too if a toilet is not nearby
     
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  5. Scandichic

    Scandichic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Don't see why you should have to go to the loo! It's a medical condition and if people don't like it then they can look away! Hugs to you!
     
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  6. amj789

    amj789 Type 2 · Member

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    I feel the same- whilst I understand it does still make some people uncomfortable seeing injections or blood testing-they should have spoken directly with this lady if they were also work friends, rather than going behind her back.
     
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  7. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Hi, I suppose it would depend on what type of club it was, maybe lots of people drinking or dancing, often subdued lighting. tbh, I wouldn't care where I injected, a rest room/toilet would be adequate as long as hands are washed first, thoroughly dried, then again afterwards or the use of a anti bacterial hand wash afterwards. It wouldn't be my choice, but sometimes needs must IMO.

    Best wishes RRB
     
  8. Scandichic

    Scandichic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't think anyone should feel compelled to injecting in a toilet! Toilets are not hygienic places! Especially ones which are shared with other people. Nightclubs will be even worse as some of the people using them will be drunk and miss, not wash hands, etc I could go on but fear that people would need mind bleach after reading this. My aunt has to inject. This has often been done whilst dining out and has been very quick and discreet. I don't believe in catering for silly people who need to get a grip and this is in essence what these people are who complain. It's high time some of them grew up!
     
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  9. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    I still say if needs must or if it was so bad, ask if there was a small room available.I wouldn't want to inject in a very busy club whist loads of people are milling about, drinking dancing, got to find somewhere more discreet. That's my opinion even though I don't go to clubs. I wouldn't be catering for silly crass individuals, I would do it for my own reasons. As long as it's in a small area where no one is barging about, that's fine, but a toilet, rest room would be a last resort and it wouldn't be because of upsetting others delicate squeamish tendencies that's for sure.
    As you're a teacher (still)? you take them on board and educate them properly:)
     
  10. Scandichic

    Scandichic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Supply now I don't have to work full time! And I do educate them. Oddly enough, it's the adults not the kids who need the reeducation - hence this thread! I was told to test in the cupboard. Errrr....... No! Why should I? I tested at my desk and would do so in the future if I needed to. I object to anyone having to go into a toilet to test/inject as it is completely unhygienic. If someone chooses to go to a quiet place then that's fair enough but nobody should be made to leave the room or go to a toilet and I'm sure that any employer who went down this route could end up facing discrimination charges.
     
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  11. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    You were told to finger prick in a cupboard, good god, just pathetic :mad: :eek:
     
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  12. spaceman

    spaceman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was in Carlisle cemetery taking a novorapid jab when a gardener shouted at me he said ill get the police I said please do, the police did arrive I should him the diabetic card I carry and my insulin pen, the police officer told the council gardener to stop wasting police time that I was a diabetic and it was ok to inject insulin in a place like Carlisle cemetery.
     
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  13. Cumberland

    Cumberland Type 1 · Master

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    LOL
    I told a friend I had not seen for a while that I had gotten onto heroin and showed him my penstick and needle, he believed me for a split second until I burst out laughing:D
     
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  14. chhabra

    chhabra · Member

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    employment lawyer KARLA legal group google them sue them go for the works stress the lot tell anita raj refused you
     
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  15. ronialive

    ronialive Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest that your colleagues need some training on diabetes- they should have all been given first aid training by now and they also need training on discrimination as this is a legal requirement.
    Tel your manager that it is fine but he needs to provide you with equal facilities to take your break as when you blood test you "May" need to react immediately. You need a fridge to keep spares in - ie a cartridge and a kettle to have your drink as you are entitled to as long a break as your colleagues and this will therefore take longer now. You are also entitled to time to deal with your medical condition which you have never claimed previously. it is unacceptable to be excepted to go to a toilet where there are germs and no clean sides to keep your stuff as you will need to keep your Lucozade there also.
    I had this situation many years ago. They soon decided that colleagues needed to now about discrimination and unfair dismissal.

    I would take a camera and photograph where you are now and ask where they intend putting you. take some photos that you can use with the CAB if needed and ask if they have a legal department.
     
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  16. M.E.diabetic

    M.E.diabetic Type 2 · Newbie

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    I would go back to the manager and say that staff are welcome to go eat elsewhere if they feel uncomfortable!
     
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  17. petoria

    petoria Parent · Newbie

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    Would a person in need of an epi pen injection be asked to do it more discreetly so others wouldn't be offended?

    I have found some people's laughter and choice of outfits extremely uncomfortable in the staffroom. Sometimes the outfits directly abuse the schools policy and nothing is done.

    I was so ignorant to diabetes before my daughter was diagnosed. I'm ashamed at how little I knew. Her peers are always intrigued by her blood tests and injections. They frequently ask questions and never make rude comments. I hope their inquisitiveness continues to be positive as they grow into adults so more people understand what is involved with this disease and don't end up ignorant and cruel.
     
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  18. collette17

    collette17 Type 2 · Member

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    Omg that's so wrong its not your doing it for fun fgs I'm t2 and just on oral meds I can't begin to understand how you must be feeling after that its so wrong don't they understand that you have feelings too keep your chin up hope they sort something for you xxxx
     
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  19. CUILLIN

    CUILLIN Type 2 · Member

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    How awful for you, these people need to be educated, You have done nothing wrong, try not to let it uset you too much, it is them who have the problem, Kate
     
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  20. Humma

    Humma Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    As the great Mike Tyson once said Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.
    Tyson.jpg
     
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