Good Day Everyone!!!
I want to start this blog with a comment and suggestion to anyone who reads this, please.
I am new to this blogging thing and at first, was finding it quite challenging. You see my aim is to please and in blogging terms that means I want to connect with all of you who read my blogs. That being said, I want it to be funny, relevant, well written and interesting enough for you to respond, be it positive or negative. In fact interesting is too dull a word. I need my blogs to be arousing your curiosity or interest all the time. Holding and catching your attention is my priority .... They need to be absorbing, engrossing, riveting, gripping, compelling, captivating, engaging and enthralling. If you can think of any other adjectives I could have used please let me know. So please respond when you can so I don't feel as if this is a one way street going no where fast.
Also, please feel free to give me input on subjects you may want me to blog on in the future. I am here for you and not just for my own pleasure. So speak, write and respond often. You can even just correct my spelling or grammar if you wish....:)...Just please let me know when you check in. I would love to here from you sista's!
Ok, now for my subject....
When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I was clueless, as we all are, on how to manage this new fangled challenge. Just three months before my diagnosis, I had started a new sales position, with a new company. My sales position would be to sell single diamonds to jewelry stores all over the company by phone. The company was very small, under a hundred people and to say the owner was tough was an understatement.
My BS numbers were around 550 and my doctor quite frankly asked me if I wanted to be taken out of work. I did as I was exhausted, my vision was blurry, I had my nineteenth yeast infection in two months and I knew I needed the time off to eat more cannolis. I also needed time to see the dietitian, educator, etc. So I was out for two weeks.
When I returned my human resource manager was very sympathetic and concerned about me. The owner, his sister, who was also in sales and my VP were not. There bottom line was productivity as it should be. I should also mention that the owners sisters husband was type 1 with a pump, so she knew the importance of managing ds even at work.
Breaks were not really a staple here. As a matter of fact they watched you like a hawk. If you got up for five minutes to talk to another employee whether it be about work or pleasure you were immediately told to take your seat. I felt like I was back in Catholic grammar school.
Eating three or four times a day would be a challenge here and something I would need to sneak.
I would sneak away to the break room and have a quick snack and almost all the time my boss would catch me. Of course he would since his open door office was right across from the break room. He would yell, "So how many calls you got, Cin?"
We had sale call goals. He knew I was consistently well above my quota everyday. He just wanted me to sashet my derriere back to my desk as I did every time with my tail between my legs.
His actions and the lack of respect for my DS got old real quick. I got angry and just to get through enough to get up and go back everyday, I prayed and I prayed hard. This alone sustained me for ten months.
Almost a year later I was out of work for another two weeks by my doctors orders and this time my HR rep gave me short term disability papers. Hmmm....they didn't do that when I was out ten months before.
To make a long story short, I was fired the first day that I returned. You should know I always made my sales goals. The only negative I ever game them was being out for medical reasons and taking two short breaks to eat. My HR manager loved me and she told in privacy before I came back that they were letting me go because of these only absences from work.
They denied me unemployment twice and I appealed. There was a hearing and I won. I was also encouraged to sue them for medical harassment, which I never did.
So ladies, my question is have you ever or are you currently being discriminated at work or anywhere else for having diabetes?