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     Through part of high school and all through college I worked summers and Christmas vacations forREMCO, Inc. assisting with commercial construction contracts.  I worked in several departments over those years and a lot of the work was physical labor.  I had a very high metabolism at the time and burned off most of what I ate.  The first two years of work, I had no problems.  The next year, I was sent out to various construction sites.  Because of my high metabolism and the constant physical labor, I would lapse into deep hypoglycemic shock on occasion without knowing it was coming on.  This became a problem over the next two years and eventually I was moved into the warehouse.  The company created the Warehouse Manager position for me.  I reorganized the warehouse and handled tracking and stocking supplies for service trucks.  The year I worked as a Warehouse Manager, I was attending college so I only worked there over the summer.  When I returned over Christmas break, the company decided that they needed that position to become a permanent full-time position in the company and had already hired someone full time as Warehouse Manager.  I was placed back on jobs at construction sites, however, the problem of me going into shock still existed.  Some employees were uncomfortable having me working out on the construction sites, I could not blame them for that.  Since I was attending college to earn a degree in Computer Science, the company decided to have me work on setting up computer systems for the sales and service departments.

     After I graduated from college and finally started my first job in my field, I had no more problems with hypoglycemic shock while I was working.  I did have to take a day off work four days after I started my first job to have surgery.  You may read about that on the Retinopathy page of this web site.

     From 1991 until my kidney failure in 1999, I had no incidents of hypoglycemic shock at work.  The next time I had any problems with hypoglycemic shock was when I returned to work after my kidney failure.  There were several incidents that occurred when my dialysis treatments started to affect my blood glucose levels.  Eight months after I returned to work, both my employer and I agreed that it was best for me to go on long term disability.  The combination of the hypoglycemic shocks and falling to sleep at work due to being exhausted from the dialysis treatments.

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