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Re: [IP] Anyone having problems getting a job because of your'condition'?

email @ redacted wrote:

>        I am in the final stages of a hiring process with a local police
> department.  I know many people have a problem with a diabetic becoming a
> policeman but I cant help it, it's my dream.
>        I was originally dxd three years ago as a TII and was able to control
> things for a time first through diet and exercise, then gradually more and
> more oral meds until this Sept. when I went on Humalog and Lantus.  I had one
> job fall thru when I was originally dxd but it was unrelated to my condition
> (doc said it was none of their business, wish I could find him now)(I think
> it was my horrible criminal past...lol).
> Anywho, I went to school this summer and had a job lined up and got my
> initial (conditional) offer, at which time I informed the captain of my
> condition.  Although my physical went well (the doctor just wanted my endo to
> sign off saying I would take certain precautions to protect against hypo
> events), I was turned down for 'a series of circumstances that added up a
> negative hiring outlook'.  No matter that half the force knew me and I had
> references from everyone but the pope (even the guy who used to do the hiring
> for the department was a reference).
>        Suspicious?
>        Two weeks later another department that I had done application work
> with called and once again I received a conditional offer.  On the day of my
> physical I prepared my reports showing the control I have attained since
> going on insulin and walked confidently into the exam.  A nurse-practioner
> (oh-oh) came in and almost immediately said she would put a restriction on me
> that I could not work rotating shifts (kiss of death for this kind of job,
> especially to start out), I protested to the point she said if my endo would
> send her a letter saying I could handle it she would change it.  I also told
> her I had received a pump and was planning on going on it as soon as the doc
> would allow.
>        She brought her results to the chief, who predictably told her if I
> cant rotate, I cant work there.  To make matters worse, she told him about
> the pump and asked him what would happen if the pump got pulled out in a
> fight.  Thanks for the help.
>        So now we are to the point of finding out what accomodations need to
> be made to get me hired and if the dept. can handle it.  To their credit,
> they are aware of the ADA and seem willing to make some changes if they need
> to be made.
>        Is it this difficult for any job?  I feel if I dont get in here, I
> probably wont have a shot anywhere else since I will have the same difficulty
> all over.  Any suggestions?
> Please feel free to e-mail answers to either the pumper website or my own
> address.
> Thanks!
> email @ redacted  -you can guess where I used to work, cant you???
>        -Scott
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