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Issues with my employer

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by fiwilson, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. pattifaye

    pattifaye · Member

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    As others have said, your company is required to make reasonable adjustments such as providing a clean and safe environment for injections. Re work attire. Do you have to wear dresses? Separate trousers or skirts will make using abdomen much easier and can also be a reasonable adjustment that you can make.
    Injecting through any clothing is not recommended. Todays needles are so fine and short you run the risk of bending or breaking the needle and also not injecting at the correct level. Going through clothing will also strip the needle of it's lubricant making the injection more uncomfortable
     
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  2. Beckstar

    Beckstar Type 1 · Newbie

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    Please please don't inject through clothing! I went on a DAFNE course recently and found out injecting through clothing can cause nasty abscesses in which fibres can get injected into your skin
     
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  3. TorqPenderloin

    TorqPenderloin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'd love to see any sort of evidence to support this claim.

    I'd also love to see any sort of evidence to reflect how it's much different than reusing the same needle tip more than once (which many people choose to do), or reusing the same lancet and/or not washing your hands before every blood test.

    I found this article to be very well-written and unbiased:
    http://www.healthline.com/diabetesmine/injecting-insulin-through-clothing-is-it-safe-gasp-or-not#2

    This is obviously not the perfect way to administer an injection, but the chances of negative consequences are extremely low when exercising normal precaution. In my opinion, there are circumstance (such as this one) where the practical benefits vastly outweigh the potential consequences.
     
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  4. Jennofspades

    Jennofspades Type 1 · Member

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    Do it loud and proud. I just do it at my desk. I think people would rather you do that than die.
     
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  5. Jofster01582

    Jofster01582 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm a type 2 and have been on insulin and tablets for roughly 20yrs back now on levemir morning and night time and novorapid with my meals ..... I've tried going down the 'reasonable adjustment' route since starting the levemir and novorapid plus linagliptin and have been told by my manager on Friday that we don't have any jobs in here that you can walk off and do my testing and maybe take on a snack if my levels are low .....when you're at work you're fit for work .....I've tried the occupational health and Human resources department before the Friday meeting not much cop there now I'm having to go through the union just to get a bit of clarification ......ps I'm not an office worker I work in a major car manufacturers that have won the employer of choice award no clean area for injection/testing where I am and I have to where overalls
     
  6. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Hi you are being discriminated at your work place. insulin is a life saver and if a colleague was in a wheel chair, taking their asthma inhaler, or putting in eye drops, would they be 'punished' for their medical condition, probably not. How would they feel if their child, brother, sister, wife or husband was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes !! I find it unacceptable in this day and age and they do sound an uncaring work force, rather sad.
    I hope you can get some help and support and not treated as 'problem' to other's.
    Take care x
     
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  7. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That's an interesting article, which suggests both the employer, and the diabetic have to consider other employees having a needle phobia, so maybe simply suggesting injecting at the desk, as has been said before, and others having to look the other way won't be always acceptable.
     
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