Thursday, August 11, 2011

Diabetes Medication Side Effect Issues

I have written about my Diabetes before, the medications can sometimes drive you crazy. Disappointed smile  I am on Actos/Metformin, Onglyza (side effects all its own!), Victoza (injection), baby aspirin and high dose cinnamon. After I inject myself with the Victoza there are a few hours of nausea and over night you either spend a lot of time in the rest room (sorry for TMI) and have no way to make a 2 hour trek to work or it affects you a little and you make it to work the next day. Most of the time I make it, more often lately I haven’t.

Today was a day where I couldn’t make the 2 hour trek to work, imagine food poisoning without as much throwing up. The drive to the train station is 20 minutes, if you make it there the rest room is so disgusting there is no way you can use it for anything. You spend 10 to 15 minutes waiting for the train and when you get on you have an hour ride and again, the rest room is either too small or so disgusting it’s unusable. You end up at Union Station where you disembark and have a mile walk to the office where the only rest room is at yet another train station a block away from Union Station and you guessed it, another disgusting mess.

Each time I work from home because of this I imagine my work checking another tick mark towards firing me. Do I think he’ll fire me for working from home, I don’t think so but how many people feel safe and secure in their job, even after working there for decades? I don’t know of anybody outside of a union job that feels safe and even the long time union worker can’t feel that safe these days.

My doctors office tells me to try and make it through the nausea and side effects because it is really helping me keep my blood sugar under control. So, as of right now I have no clue how I’m going to make it to the office tomorrow since today has been a bad one and shows no signs of getting better, which is a first, typically it lasts about 1/2 a day and gets better. I have projects I’m working on and working remotely doesn’t affect them, not being at work is the problem. I support each workers system so if they have an issue and I can’t fix it remotely they could be down for the day and I pride myself in the fact I can typically get a worker back to being productive even when their computer has died completely. Can’t do that remotely.

Anyway, I posted this as a way to think it out loud and to see if any of my readers has Diabetes and being affected by their medication this way. I feel at my wits end today and I don’t want to have to tell work I won’t be there again tomorrow… but if this continues there is no physical way that I can make it to the office. I have left a message for my doctor that something has to be done and soon.


Merikay said...

How awful for you. I work at home and am my own boss. I don't make very much money, and couldn't even support myself. Luckly I have a Patron. That is a husband.

Sue and Doug said...

too bad about your medical situation and the work one too!..that really stinks!..
makes it worse when you feel like your job is in jeopardy even if you have been there for decades!..
at least you can do some work from home..sure it isn't the same as being there but it's better than nothing!..hang in there..hope you feel better soon!

JoJo said...

this sounds like the medication my daughter was on. At the time she was looking for a job and missed some interviews. Since she is sole suport for her 2 children that was not working out well. She tried talking to her Dr. but she is either not available or some other excuse. My daughter quit taking it. I am not by any means suggesting you not take it, what I am saying is there has to be a better way for diabetics in this day and age. I worry about my kid all the time I really don't think she takes this very serously. Good luck

Donna K said...

What is that injection you are taking? Never heard of it. Hubby (Russ) has type 2 and has been insulin dependent for about 6 years (diagnosed for 13 years). He had a lot of problems with maintaining his blood sugar levels at work and adhering to a good eating and medication schedule. I don't think you can be fired if your problems are related to a disease (under ADA). Diabetes is a hard disease to control so we understand what you are going through. Hope it gets better for you. Have you considered early retirement or a medical leave?

Diana said...

I feel so bad for you Erik. I know that there are anti nausea medications but I imagine that they may effect the blood sugar as well.
It seems to me that you should be able to live a normal life without so many horrible side effects.
I hope you get some answers soon.
Love Di ♥