Job Interview Stress & Blood Sugar Levels

Here’s my Thursday Throwback:

(Well, it never got posted when it was supposed to… and life is a little different now. Read on!)

Job Interviews & Stress | www.iamatype1diabetic.com

Life has been quite stressful recently. I’ve got wedding plans on the mind, on a job hunt for something that offers benefits so I can manage the costs of diabetes supplies, and struggling to balance between my home life and my work life. Sometimes, it just feels like it never ends!

I am a graphic designer, and that is the job I am searching for. I refuse to take a job doing something with good money, but not in my field. It started off months ago after graduating college with a million resumes to a million companies, hoping that one would call me back. A few did, I interviewed and never heard from them again. My blood sugars suffered, and were harder then ever to control. Up, down.  Up, down.  Up, down.

Last week I got lucky. I got a call to  tour of the facilities of a possible job location. They followed up and asked if I wanted to meet for a second meeting and interview. I joyfully accepted.

My interview was at 1:30 pm. I hadn’t eaten lunch beforehand because I wanted to make sure I was on time. I spent 3 hours interviewing with two prospective bosses. I could feel my blood sugar levels dropping quickly, but I struggled though it. I couldn’t let my diabetes get in the way of interview. We continued to talk about the direction in which I wanted my life to go, how I see myself in 3 years from now, and what I was really looking for in a career. Stress continued on they asked me to do a mock-up postcard and email it as soon as possible. I was up against 5 other candidates. Pending their review of my postcard, they would schedule me for my 3rd interview/meeting at another location.

I rushed out of there to grab the juice box I had in my car. I knew I needed it, so there was no need to check my blood sugar level right away. I waited a few minutes and checked my blood sugar. Still low. I popped a few glucose tablets and waited again. Once they were on the rise, I felt better, more concentrated and able to drive. I rushed home to tell my fiance about the wonderful interview I just had.

With all of that being said, I got the job. It’s been almost 3 months here now.. and I am totally in love with my new job. I have told my co-workers and many others who work here about my type 1 diabetes. They have my fiancés phone number in case anything was to ever go wrong. They totally understand how difficult it is to control, and hear my dexcom going off for all my highs and lows.

I am fortunate enough to have a job I’ve wanted for so long, lucky that it covers all of my health insurance needs, and glad I can live a little bit more worry free. When the dexcom vibrates on my desk, we all jump up to make sure it isn’t a low. Luckily enough, they let me pack juice boxes in the fridge within easy reach. :)

 

Disclosing Your Diabetes: Promoting Awareness

I just got a blog post published on the OmniPod website!! Check it out here: http://suited.myomnipod.com/calla/disclosing-diabetes-promoting-awareness/

Before I actually get into the post, I just want to say something else. Last weekend at the JDRF walk in Buffalo, I met a 17-year-old girl who was hiding her diabetes. She was afraid to tell her friends. She didn’t want her high school friends to think she was weird. I knew I needed to speak to her. I knew I needed to help her open her eyes.

Having diabetes has been an “awful gift” to me—  “awful” in the sense that I have to deal with it every hour of every day, but a “gift” because I can promote awareness and help others who are scared. I like having little kids who are newly diagnosed look up to me. I like to share my experiences and my omnipod stories with those who’s shoes I have been in. Teenage years suck!! Hormones suck!! Trust me, I know. Been there, done that, but trust me, it does get easier.

So here’s my post on the Suite D (OmniPod) Blog:

As a type 1 diabetic, I find it very hard to actually “hide” my diabetes. I also don’t understand exactly why anyone would try to hide it. Type 1 diabetes is a big part of my life, and it has just become another factor and a big part of the real “me.”

Disclosing Your Diabetes: Promoting Awareness - Suite D Blog | www.iamatype1diabetic.com
Disclosing Your Diabetes: Promoting Awareness – Suite D Blog 

I have met a great number of people because of diabetes. I have also volunteered to advocate for diabetes, created my team Calla’s Crusaders to raise money and show support for JDRF and become a big part of my community because I am a type 1 diabetic. Talking about my life as a diabetic makes me feel important, makes me feel like I am an expert in dealing with diabetes. It also makes others understand exactly how difficult it is to deal with the ups and downs I deal with on a daily basis.

Earlier this week, I went to my endocrinologist. I had had a bad week of high blood sugars, so he wanted me to write down all my numbers to see if there was any sort of patterns. Being the bad diabetic that I am, I started my log, but forgot to finish it before going to the doctor. While sitting in the waiting room, I continued to add my blood sugars to my log. An older lady beside me said “that looks awfully familiar,” speaking of my meter. She had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about two months ago and began to ask me questions. “What’s your diet like?” “What do you eat for breakfast?” “Why do you have such a big meter?” “How much insulin do you take?” “How many times a day do you give yourself shots?” Of course to me, these are all very normal questions, and I was happy to explain and continue the conversation.

I explained to her that I no longer take shots. “I am on the OmniPod insulin pump, and my meter wirelessly works with my pump to constantly give me insulin.” I pulled up my sleeve to show her my pod on my arm. She was very intrigued. She immediately understood how hard it was for me to deal with my type 1 diabetes, and how different her type 2 was from my type 1.

I think it is important to be an advocate for type 1 diabetes, and show off all my medical devices that research has helped to develop to help those coping with diabetes. Devices such as the OmniPod insulin pump and the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (CGM) have helped me significantly to improve my control over my diabetes. Diabetes is something I cannot always control, but I try my best to live life as normally as I can, and help others to also understand the difficulties I feel on a day-to-day basis.

Too Many Years…

June 11 “Wordless Wednesday” – Share a picture or video on your blog!

By the way, it’s my 26th Birthday… YAY, I get to loose my health insurance (because I’m still on my parents policy!) I am going on my 17th year of coping with type 1 diabetes!
Today’s Post is a little bit more practical for those who don’t have diabetes, and don’t know how it all works.

Diabetes develops when glucose can't enter the body's cells to be used as fuel.

Thank You!

This past Sunday, June 8th, approximately 3,200 members of the Buffalo community came together to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). Our team, Calla’s Crusaders had about 45 people who joined us and helped to raise money. This was our 13th Walk to Cure Diabetes together. What an incredible Walk day!

Thanks so much to my team in your fundraising efforts. To all of those who donated, thank you for helping us make a great impact in research efforts to turn type one into type none! Our online fundraising website will remain open throughout June & July. Visit www.callascrusaders.com to donate and find out more about why participate in the walk.

Thank you once again for your efforts. JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic plan to deliver a continuous flow of life-changing therapies and, ultimately, a cure for people living with T1D. Without your help, we couldn’t drive progress from advances in the lab to life-changing therapies for people with T1D.

Our Calla's Crusaders Walk team in the 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes | www.iamatype1diabetic.com

 

These are the type 1 diabetics of team Calla’s Crusaders:

Living with Type 1 Diabetes & Walking for JDRF to find a cure | www.iamatype1diabetic.comLiving with Type 1 Diabetes & Walking for JDRF to find a cure | www.iamatype1diabetic.com

And here are some other snapshots of our day. Thanks again for all your support!
Living with Type 1 Diabetes & Walking for JDRF to find a cure | www.iamatype1diabetic.com  Living with Type 1 Diabetes & Walking for JDRF to find a cure | www.iamatype1diabetic.comLiving with Type 1 Diabetes & Walking for JDRF to find a cure | www.iamatype1diabetic.comLiving with Type 1 Diabetes & Walking for JDRF to find a cure | www.iamatype1diabetic.comLiving with Type 1 Diabetes & Walking for JDRF to find a cure | www.iamatype1diabetic.com