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Wondering how diabetes impacts productivity? The highs and lows can definitely impact work and focus, both in an employment setting and in school.
In this episode, we discuss what that looks like, things within a company’s or school’s control to help T1Ds, and ultimately what you can do for yourself to be as productive as possible with type 1 diabetes.
While most of us already have the experience of feeling like physical crap and having to go to work or school regardless, I want this episode to be a resource for schools and employers too who may not understand the impact they can have on the people with type 1 diabetes in their spaces.
Wins & Fails
Colleen's Win: I postponed my last Saturday hike to Sunday because of some BG trends that would have sent me very low on the hill if I’d gone when I originally planned.
Jessie's Fail: Let her reservoir get to zero while still on campus before going home to change it out.
Tip of the Week
Assess your comfort level with speaking to your teachers or employer about your type 1 diabetes. If it’s required at some level, at least meet that requirement, but if you’re not comfortable sharing anything beyond saying “I have type 1 diabetes” then own that.
If your employer knows that you have diabetes, it can help ease the mental worry around its impacts on your productivity.
Julia Toothacre, my career coach, sparked the idea for this episode. We were discussing my company’s insurance resisting covering Novolog. (And still resisting at the time of this recording in May 2022).
Julia came on the podcast for episode 81 to share her experience with gestational diabetes, which fortunately did not develop further.
Question for You!
How have you noticed the physical symptoms of your blood sugars impacting your work and productivity at school or on the job? We’d love to hear from you.
Links & Resources
- Follow us on Instagram @thisistype1pod
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- Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
- Episode 81: Gestational Diabetes, with Julia Toothacre
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