I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a Boss that understands Type 1 diabetes.
I work at a local urgent care center-Immediate Medical Care of CNY. The very place I took my son on August 23, 2010. He was very sick, throwing up, dizzy, just feeling lousy. I thought he had the flu or Lyme Disease. I was diabetes clueless! In the room walks my boss, a doctor and the owner of the urgent care center. My boss knew right off what was going on with my son, ran the tests and had the unfortunate job of telling my 6 year old that he had Type 1 diabetes. I won’t ever forget the kindness he showed my son that day. The extra time he took to make calls to get him seen by a specialist ASAP. I will never forget the look on his face when he told me-straight up-what this diagnosis means. I will never forget that he sat with me-as I cried, freaked out, and blurted all my worries and fears like he was my social worker. I won’t forget–that the first night of giving insulin shots -I froze and couldn’t do it. I called my boss and without hesitation he said “Come on over” and with patience showed me how to do it–encouraged me–told me “You got this-you CAN do it.”
We are now about 3 years in to life with diabetes. I can’t count how many days I have been late to work because of a low BG’s, days I had to leave work, or missed work altogether to take care of my son. Not easy on my boss–or my co-workers, but as I said-I’m lucky–to work with people who get that diabetes is a roller coaster–and support me by saying “your child comes first.”
I’ve heard the stories from other T1D parents-that have lost their jobs due to too much time missed due to caring for their T1D child. It breaks my heart and makes me think–I don’t say ‘Thank You’ enough to my awesome boss and fabulous co-workers. So here it is…a HUGE and HEARTFELT THANK YOU! I know how good I’ve got it, and I don’t say it enough…
Thanks Immediate Medical Care of CNY!