Summer is a time to have fun, grow, and learn, and with this being my first year since I can remember that I wasn't going back to camp, I knew it was time to find another way to occupy my time. Of course, I would have running, friends, the beach, and so many more summer activities. But, being that I am almost 17, I knew I also needed some responsibility. So, I got a job.
I spent a good amount of my summer waitressing at a local grill that opened about 2 months ago. This was my first real job, so I had lots to learn. First off, I learned how to work a cash register, how to talk to customers, take orders, serve food, clean, and so much more. However, aside from all that, I had to keep my diabetes in mind. Of course, I made sure that my boss knew right away that I have diabetes, and told me that if I ever needed anything, to take a break and manage my blood sugar. Thankfully, there is a soda machine at the restaurant, so if I ever feel my blood sugar dropping I can easily pour myself some soda, which I have done multiple times. Waitressing is a very energetic job. I am on my feet all day and constantly moving around, carrying things, and talking, and it's hard to stop in the middle of a shift since people are waiting for you. I can easily and quickly go very low and be too preoccupied to treat my blood sugar, but I know that it's important to stay in a good range. I know that I need to stay healthy, and I also know that if I don't feel good, I won't be as good of a waitress, so in a sense, keeping my blood sugar normal while at work contributes to my performance. So, if I ever begin to feel my blood sugar dropping, I immediately stop what I am doing to treat it. I know I can't go low at work and that I will be moving around, so keeping my blood sugar under control is difficult and sometimes stressful but it is an extremely necessary task.
Having a job this summer helped me mature and handle my responsibilities and time. I learned a lot about a work environment, handling money, and time management. Additionally, I also think I can better relate to controlling diabetes in a work situation; it's much different than managing diabetes in school or with friends, because you feel a greater responsibility and pressure to always be working your best, and your blood sugar plays a major factor in that. However, I also realized how important it is to keep your blood sugar in range while at work and the importance of telling your boss about diabetes. I have had a great summer waitressing so far, and I know that I learned so much about jobs and about myself.
Hello everyone! I'm Hannah! I'm 16 years old and have been living a normal life with type 1 diabetes for 10 years! I'm so excited to share the journey of Penpals United with you through our blog!