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Is my HbA1c so high that I should be Shielding?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by viki151190, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. viki151190

    viki151190 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi. I don’t know what to do!!! I was sent home from work (I work in a pharmacy) and they’ve asked me if I was willing to go back to work last week so I went back on Monday! BUT, I’m not sure if it was a wise decision?! I have had type 1 for 17 years, not greatly controlled, last hba1c was 97. I havnt had a letter from NHS so I’m assuming I should be ok to work. My employer has not forced me to go back but they are really low on staff at the minute and I want to help! I’m just in 2 minds right now! Any thoughts?!
     
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    jane1950 · Well-Known Member

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    so would I as my levels are not good, but my gp hasnt told me to
     
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    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Jane, have you spoken to your Doctor about it? They do say if you believe you should be in that category then speak to your Dr. x
     
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    Hi and welcome @viki151190

    I suggest that you get in touch with your doc tomorrow morning, and see if you can discuss your return to work.
    They will have your medical history, and be able to come to a much more informed decision than (for example) the NHS 111 helpline.

    Something else you could do is register for Shielding on the www.gov.uk website.
    Apparently your request is then passed to your doctor for them to assess your situation, but that likely takes much more time than speaking directly to your doctor would do.

    hope you get an answer, and please let us know how you get on?
     
  5. jane1950

    jane1950 · Well-Known Member

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    I dont think I should be
     
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    searley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My partner phoned here gp her hba1c was 99 gp said over 79 is extreme risk and to isolate he instantly sent here a text to confirm and sent a letter.

    My hba1c is only 76 so was spared from isolation

    The best thing I’d call your gp and discuss your risk with your hba1c and get them to list you as at extreme risk
     
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  7. viki151190

    viki151190 Type 1 · Member

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    Thanks guys! I’ve completed an online assessment form online at my surgery and should hear back by tomorrow night. Fingers crossed I get a definitive answer!!!
     
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    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    What are your levels? x
     
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    jane1950 · Well-Known Member

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    when I went the time before last it was over 9, although last time it dipped to 6, and they were worried it was too low, but a lot of times it is between 8 and 10, glucose levels are sometimes high in the morning, and occasionally mid morning, can dip suddenly in the afternoon, and rise again in the evening
     
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    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Jane, what was your last hb1ac? It's not so much the daily fluctuations they would look at but the hb1ac, ie the average of the last 3 months.I think if that is over around 75/76 then they may consider you 'extremely vulnerable'. If yours are higher than this then you should probably speak to your Dr. x
     
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    Mine was too low last time, but due to have another one as soon as I can, but being worried etc, where my results are all up high, about 14.0 this morning and one afternoon it was on 19, the averages on my machine over the past 30 days are approx 9.5
     
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  12. viki151190

    viki151190 Type 1 · Member

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    Hey! Just wanted to let you know I got a reply from my GP. I will copy and paste......
    Many thanks for contacting us. I would suggest a risk assessment with your manager/OH and continue to maintain social distancing as much as possible.
    "There may be some people with diabetes who need to do this [shielding] based on other conditions, for example cystic fibrosis-related diabetes or kidney disease. But under CURRENT guidance, most people with diabetes do not need to shield"
    Hope this answers your question.
    I would have thought us diabetics, especially those with poorer control, might have been shielded. They take normal flu extremely serious if we get it but yet we havnt been shielded against something much more serious?! However, I will take my doctors advice as they are the doctor and I will continue to work in my pharmacy. I am grateful for everyone still working who needs to be working, but for some of us, we are putting our own lives at extra risk to be there for our communities and hopefully they will be grateful. I hope everyone stays well! Take care
     
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    viki151190 Type 1 · Member

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    So basically, type 1, regardless of HBA1C, DO NOT have to be shielded. That’s the advice from my GP. I hope he is right!
     
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