Working with diabetes

By | 9 April, 2009

During the mid to late-nineties I was a sponger. A parasite. Living off the state and sucking it dry like a voracious Highland midge getting its fangs on an unwary hill walker on a damp May afternoon. I lay in bed all day, only rising to play England-France grudge matches on Jonah Lomu Rugby for the PS1 against my housemate.

Yes, you’ve guessed it, I was a student.

Sadly, however, the halcyon days of studying for my law degree at Southampton University came to an end and I had to face up to reality, get a job and start paying back my debts to society (and, naturally,The Student Loans Company Limited).

Fast forward several years and I was ensconced in my current career – a combination of information technology and law so mind-bogglingly difficult to explain in a short post that I won’t. My feet comfortably under the desk I was diagnosed with Type One. Woop-de-doo!

My job doesn’t really have a physical element – I don’t have to drive buses, work with heavy machinery or pilot hundreds of passengers over the Atlantic. This is probably just as well, as a degree in law leaves you pretty much qualified to do nothing practical or useful. I sit in an office, type away at a PC, ring clients and tell underlings what to do. Therefore my diabetes is very rarely a problem.

However, just to be on the safe side I briefed my two bosses on the condition and what it entails (essentially a few hours off every once in a while to go to the hospital, check ups, etc., etc.) Being careful they checked up any legislation that might apply (virtually none, of course) and I went on to tell my underlings about the joys of diabetes.

I happily test my blood glucose and shoot up at my desk and,disappointingly for an ego-maniac like me, no-one pays the slightest attention.

Hypos have rarely been a problem as I make sure I keep a stack of  Mars bars and other tasty morsels in my desk drawer. This has, however, caught the attentions of my colleagues and I’ve become a sort of office-based school tuck shop for the peckish. If only I bought my sweets wholesale – I could have turned a neat profit. Maybe diabetes does have some pros after all.

One thought on “Working with diabetes

  1. Tim Post author

    To be honest life is much the same as in my student days – I just play Jona Lomu Rugby challenge on the PS3 now


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