I would like to thank Chris for inviting me to do a guest post for him. I am honored.
There once was a girl named Cherise, she lived in California but soon to relocate to Indianapolis. She knew she had to find a job but where and what to look for. Cherise searched high and low. She applied for many jobs but no one would respond. She almost gave up! One day she received an email from Sue. Sue asked if she would like to come in for a job interview on Thursday. Cherise was excited. Could this be it? She texted her husband and off she was to Kansas City, MO to hitch a ride with her mother to the great city of Indianapolis. Cherise knew she had to eat something to keep her blood sugars from rising but she didn’t have a clue what to eat. Cherise said, “I can’t eat too many carbs because I will get sleepy but if I don’t eat enough carbs I will go low.” Off to the waffle house she went.
She ate bacon, eggs and hash browns. She looked at her iphone and it was time to go. This is how the interviews went.
Interview number one: Hi! My name is Cherise. I have diabetes. If you hear anything alarming or buzzing don’t be alarmed. It could be my insulin pump or my continuous glucose monitor. It’s a little hot in here can I take my jacket off? The interview lasted an hour! It was fun and I enjoyed talking to all three of the ladies in the room.
Interview number two: Hi! My name is Cherise. I have diabetes. If you hear anything alarming or buzzing don’t be alarmed. It could be my insulin pump or my continuous glucose monitor.
Sue: “What if your blood sugar goes low? What do you do?”
Cherise: ␣I have glucose tablets I carry with my all the time. I eat a few of them; they bring my blood sugar up. After, I eat the glucose tablets I try to eat something that has protein in it to keep my bg’s leveled.”
Sue: “Ok, would you like a glass of water?”
The interview lasted about an hour and a half. It went great. I met with 2 people. I was asked about going back to school and why I wanted to become a CDE.
Interview number 3: This interview was sprung on me at the last minute. I was a little exhausted. Seriously, I started interviewing at 8am….. now 1pm. I repeated the same opening speech. I was excited! I have never had 3 interviews at once and all in the same place. My bg’s did not drop and I was offered a 2 positions out of the 3 I interviewed for. I know some people don’t like to disclose that they have diabetes when interviewing for a job but I try to be honest up front. I try to be open and honest with everyone. I have to go to the endocrinologist every 3 months. I could go low one day. IMO, the more people who know about me having diabetes the better it is for me in the long run.
In case you’re wondering, I went with job number 2.
Do you inform your potential employer that you have diabetes?