What happens when you’re diagnosed with COVID-19 and you live with type 1 diabetes? It happened to Patric Ciervo in early March. Patric shares his story, including how his diabetes reacted, hospital issues with people who don’t really understand insulin pumps and how he’s doing now.
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This week recovering from COVID-19 while living with Type One Diabetes, Patrick servo was diagnosed with the virus. In early March,
Patric Ciervo 0:36
my temperature started going down like a 101 to five times 5am it was about a 93 I woke up in a puddle of sweat, we call 911. Fearing that I was going into some type of shock
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Patrick wound up in the emergency room with a committed he shares how diabetes was managed issues with people in the hospital who don’t really get insulin pump And how he’s doing now and tell me something good a familiar name in the diabetes community also recovering from COVID-19 and now donating plasma and we salute more healthcare heroes. This podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have those kinds of questions, please contact your health care provider. Welcome to another week of diabetes connections so glad to have you along. I’m your host Stacey Simms, we aim to educate and inspire about type one diabetes by sharing stories of connection. My son was diagnosed with type one right before he turned two back in 2006. He is 15 now and a freshman in high school. My husband lives with type two diabetes. I don’t have diabetes. I have a background in broadcasting and that is how you get the podcast I used to work in local radio and television news. Before I jump in with Patrick a little bit of housekeeping, we are fast approaching Episode 300 This is Episode 298. I have never made a big deal about numbering episodes because I don’t know, it doesn’t really matter what order you listen to the show in. I do number them internally just for organization, you know, keep track that way. And depending on what app you use, I know Apple podcasts will number them, you can see it right there in the app. Depending on what you use, it shows up or it doesn’t. But we do have a very robust search engine on the website. And that does not rely on numbers. You just search by topic. And for me as I listen to podcasts, that’s how I want to find previous shows, right? If I want to look something up, I’m gonna put the word into the search. I’m not gonna remember Oh, that was Episode 212, or whatever. I bring the numbers up though, because at 300 episodes, a lot of podcast apps start limiting what you see, when we get to 301 or you know, 350 or who knows 400 You’re still only going to be able to see 300 episodes in the app. I’m not quite sure how many people are scrolling through to see everything. I am putting something new at the website you should be able to with one click to see all 300 episodes something unfortunately we don’t have right now, because frankly, it just takes forever to load. But watch for that at diabetes, connections calm, they’ll be a way to click and see all 300 episodes, if you’re interested in kind of going back and scrolling through back to 2015. I should also mention if you subscribe on a podcast app like Apple podcasts, which is a really easy, easy way to listen to the show, if you listen through social media, that’s fantastic. Listen, whatever, you know, whatever is easiest for you. But if you use a podcast app, and you subscribe, that 300 episode limit doesn’t apply. you subscribe for free, I wish it was called something else. But when you subscribe to a podcast, it has nothing to do with buying a subscription or signing up for a subscription. You’re literally saying to the app, give me all the episodes for free. So there you go. Gotta say a quick thank you for getting me to Episode 300. I’m so thrilled when we started I wasn’t sure how long it would last. I certainly wasn’t looking five years into the future. So thank you So much for listening for sharing these episodes and for frankly, becoming part of a community. We have an unbelievable Facebook group and I’ve connected so much with people over zoom and the chat over this time. I really appreciate it. So thank you for letting me continue to serve you. Diabetes Connections is brought to you by one drop. And I spoke to the people at one drop and you know, I was really impressed at how much they get diabetes. It makes sense because their CEO Jeff was diagnosed with type one as an adult. One drop is for people with diabetes by people with diabetes. The people at one drop work relentlessly to remove all barriers between you and the care you need. Get 24 seven coaching support in your app and unlimited supplies delivered no prescriptions or insurance required. Their beautiful sleek meter fits in perfectly with the rest of your life. They’ll also send you test strips with a strip plan that actually makes sense for how much you actually check. Imagine that one drop diabetes care delivered, learn more, go to diabetes connections calm and click on the one Drop logo.
My guest this week was one of the first people in his community officially diagnosed with COVID-19. And Patrick servo was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes more than seven years ago. So like you I had a lot of questions about what it is like to live through Coronavirus, while also living with type one. Now, of course, keep in mind as we’re speaking here, every case is different. Every case of Coronavirus of COVID-19 to be specific, presents a little differently, some very mild, some much more severe, a lot of asymptomatic cases we hear about and type one diabetes kind of goes without saying on this show. Everybody handles that differently as well. So please remember that this is about Patrick. We can extrapolate some information from here. Frankly, I find it very reassuring. But at the same time, please talk to your healthcare provider. Don’t jump to conclusions and I will link up much more information at diabetes dash connections. Calm the episode homepage in the podcast show notes. So here’s my interview with Patrick servo. Patrick, thank you so much for joining me. How are you doing? How are you feeling
Patric Ciervo 6:09
these days? I’m feeling well, thankfully, my symptoms have been gone for a while. And yeah, I’ve been feeling good.
Stacey Simms 6:19
Wow. All right. So from where I sit, not knowing anything really sad. It just seems so scary. So I appreciate you sharing your experience. Let’s back up. How did this all start? You’ve been living with type one we should say for for seven, seven and a half years now. So you’re not exactly new to type one. But what happened in terms of feeling ill a couple of weeks ago.
Patric Ciervo 6:40
So basically, early in March, I had a busy weekend and everything. There was a work event on Friday, about where we went out because there was someone’s last day, but I was running around Friday and Saturday, Sunday night. I was at my girlfriend’s apartment and we were just beat from the weekend she works with me. So we were just beat from the whole thing. And she noticed that my body temperature had started feeling hot. But because we were both rundown, we didn’t really think too much of it. So, the next day I woke up, I felt good. I didn’t really feel bad at all, like maybe a minor thing, but nothing to worry about. So I went to work Monday, but that night, my body temperature was hot again, and her roommates a nurse, so we had a thermometer, and my temperature was 103. So we went to the primary doctors on Tuesday, I was tested for the flu, which came back negative Faker really diagnosed me with anything. I didn’t mention Coronavirus, but he didn’t think it was that he tested me for the flu again with a more accurate test but the test will come back the next day. So in the meantime, he gave me an A biotic and Tamiflu and told me to take Motrin Tuesday night, my temperature started going down like a 1012. By the time was 5am. It was about a 93. I woke up in a, like puddle of sweat, we call 911 fairing vows going into some type of shock. And I was in the car since then.
Unknown Speaker 8:19
So when you guys called for an ambulance, were you thinking this is diabetes related? or What did you
Patric Ciervo 8:25
think? Well, she had looked up and everything that diabetics have more like more of a chance to go into a shock from fever or something like that. So she was kind of the one pushing the 911 call. So we did that. I didn’t think too much of it until a little bit later on. When I was like in the ambulance, I still wasn’t feeling well. By the time I got the ER, I was feeling good, and my temperature was normal.
Stacey Simms 8:53
It’s so hard to be the person in that circumstance, right? You’re not thinking exactly clearly the person that called you know, is trying to figure out What’s going on? When do you remember? Do you remember when they said okay, this is gonna be COVID-19
Patric Ciervo 9:06
they didn’t they test me again for the flu in the ER, they tested again twice, and that both of them came back negative. We got the call from our primary the second flu test that he did came back negative, but I was already like things were back to normal, my temperature was fine. So they tested me for COVID as a precautionary, and because they tested me, they put me in the ICU and my own room and they want me to be there until the test results came back, which they were told would be the next day. I didn’t get it back till that Saturday. I was in there on a Wednesday. Wow. But the doctors that would come in saw me like I was immediately getting better and everything. My only symptoms before the diagnosis were the fever and a cough. I didn’t have trouble breathing, but they thought I looked good enough that they didn’t think It was COVID
Stacey Simms 10:01
That’s amazing. So you start feeling better and that’s when you find out that’s what you had.
Patric Ciervo 10:05
Yeah, I know. So I’m thankful I can’t like I was already on the mend when I found out and it was a little bit before like all the craziness started in the world and so I didn’t go in in too much of a panic state. When I found out I was diagnosed with it. There was still like a shock like, oh God, like diabetic and I’ve been hearing these things aren’t good, but I was getting better each day. So after like a deep breath and everything able to get back to a good mental state.
Stacey Simms 10:35
I know everybody wants to know about diabetes and you know what you now looking back what you think of that part of it, but I want to ask before we move on, How bad was that test for COVID-19 you hear like it’s really far up the nose is that How bad was
Patric Ciervo 10:49
it? Yeah, it was. It was exactly that out the nose and everything as they did in both nostrils, two different ones at once. It was not fun at all. You know, it was something I could live with and everything.
Stacey Simms 11:04
I’m sorry to ask. I just you know, I think about what how they test you for strep. Yeah, right. It’s always like you gotta gotta gotta get it far enough to gag a little bit. Uh huh. Your
Patric Ciervo 11:12
nose. Oh my god. Yeah, it was pretty much yeah, exactly like that only your nose and I was like, flinching and everything. But it was totally doable.
Stacey Simms 11:23
And I know it’s worth it. Please don’t send me nasty emails like, yeah, it’s just one of those things that I don’t want to ask about. But looking back, what about your diabetes during that time? I think people do get very concerned about you know, treatment and blood sugar’s you didn’t know you had it. So it was kind of difficult or different to think about managing that way. But looking back, anything stand out?
Patric Ciervo 11:45
Well, in the hospital, my blood sugar was higher than normal. For the most part. I’m not sure how much of that was the illness related. I was very stressed in the hospital and could not move at all. So I think that also had part to do with it. Because I didn’t have a problem coming down from the highs, there was nothing with my diabetes to think like something’s off. I need to get checked out the days leading up to it. I’ve been fairly decent you know for the most part
Unknown Speaker 12:14
so you didn’t notice any like really wacky high blood sugars before the diagnosis. No, no treatment, right like that.
Patric Ciervo 12:21
No, no. Yeah, thankfully.
Stacey Simms 12:23
So when you got the test back at the hospital You said you were already kind of on the mend. How much longer did you stay there?
Patric Ciervo 12:28
They released me Friday, and I got the test back Saturday. So I was self isolating just to wait for the test result. And then that’s when I got the call.
Stacey Simms 12:40
What do they tell you after you test positive what happens next even at home?
Patric Ciervo 12:44
Yeah, they had given me in the hospital what to do if it does come back positive. They gave me a worksheet like to do less than everything. Just basically everything we’ve been hearing, you know, self isolate for two weeks. I think it was something like 72 hours, but two ways you can be like out of the quarantine is for 72 hours, you can’t have a fever and other symptoms have to be gone. And the other one was or you have to get tested again, it has to come back negative. And I didn’t get tested again. When I was at home quarantine. I only had a fever one other time.
Stacey Simms 13:21
So you feel pretty confident your past.
Patric Ciervo 13:23
Yeah, I did develop a headache and the quarantine.
Stacey Simms 13:27
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Patric Ciervo 14:44
You know what, I had an incident in the hospital where when I got there, they asked me if I had an insulin pump. And I told them I did and they asked me if I wanted to like you know, administrate my own insulin. I said yeah, and there was a bit of a next up with The nurse who was under the impression she was giving me insulin shots, but they weren’t not taking the fact that I already had insulin on board. And that, like they would not be calculating that. And so the insulin they gave me and they seem to not want to give me any type of basal insulin, they just wanted to do like check every two or three hours. If I was Hi, give me a correction. I didn’t call my personal endo, because they’re kind of hard to get ahold of. But I have a, I go to this camp for athletes with Type One Diabetes called diabetes training camp and the endo that has that, that ended that runs it. I texted him about that initially. And every day since then, he had texted me or called checking in how I’m doing. I told him my blood sugar’s were high. He told me don’t try to get to like 100 to 120. Don’t aim for perfect, just as long as you’re able to get to 140 to 180. You should be fine. I have any problems.
Stacey Simms 16:01
And yeah, I mean, that’s one of the worries that I always have in the hospital. I mean, I’m there with my son being crazy mom. So you know, they’re not going to give him extra insulin, but it’s so frightening for you if you’re there by yourself, which you had to be clear that up. I mean, I’m envisioning this nurse trying to give you a shot and you holding up your pump, you know, you’re trying to ward her off. Did you argue with them?
Patric Ciervo 16:24
Uh, yeah, I mean, I’m not like, I like I don’t like conflict at all and everything. But this was like, there was no way I wasn’t standing my ground this and everything because I had like, four or five units on board, because I was trying to come down from like a 260 or something. And I’m explaining it to them, and explained that the doctor said that eventually they understood what I was saying after a few minutes. They said, All right, they’ll talk to the doctor. And about 15 minutes later, they called me saying that the doctor says fine.
Stacey Simms 16:56
No, thank goodness. Do you use a CGM as well? Yeah. And did they let you kind of use that in the hospital? Did they insist on doing finger sticks?
Patric Ciervo 17:04
They did do finger sticks for their own record, they said, but that’s all my phone. I was just going off that the whole time.
Stacey Simms 17:11
All right, so have you followed up with your endo? I mean, it sounds like you’re on the mend. Doesn’t sound like you needed to check in with him. I’m not trying to mom you
Patric Ciervo 17:17
right? Yeah, chicken. I mean, he was texting. We were texting and calling back and forth when I was doing the two week quarantine as well as my primary. My primary had called and everything I told him I had a low grade fever the one night he said, You know, sometimes that happens, I won’t be too worried about it unless it’s kind of a stays. And it the was one night and I woke up the next morning fine.
Stacey Simms 17:44
Alright, so I’m gonna ask you some personal stuff you do not have to answer. All right. Here we go. One of the things that I that we see so often when people in the diabetes community are talking about the fears of Coronavirus is you know, you have to have quote good Control to come out of this in good health, you know, and that we’ve seen that people, especially with type two diabetes, and all those comorbidities don’t do well, but COVID-19 and I hit I always hate asking people I actually I don’t I don’t ever ask anybody in the show with their agency. And I’m not going to ask you, but are you a perfect diabetic?
Patric Ciervo 18:18
I’d say a B plus student. I’m definitely not perfect, but I overall I pretty well control.
Stacey Simms 18:27
I just think it’s important to ask because, you know, I think there’s a lot of fear that if you’re a one c isn’t 5.9 or 6.1, you know, consistently that that illnesses are just going to knock you down. And it’s just not the case. Obviously, you want to be in good health, in quote, good control. So you know, share as much as you’d like. I think that’s important to hear. I have seen a video or two of your Oh, yeah. You should say your comedian. Yeah. And you know, I’ve seen some of your blood sugars. They’re not all the time.
Unknown Speaker 18:56
Right, right. Yeah. Which videos are you talking about?
Stacey Simms 19:00
Seek specifically there. I was thinking of the drinking game. Okay. Yeah.
Patric Ciervo 19:05
So yeah, just along with this episode. Oh, cool. Yeah, I that was a few years ago. So I kind of forget what was going on that I did that about three years after I was diagnosed three or four years. And my whole thing was FM pi, it’s fine. But as long as I like, come down, I’m not gonna stress about it. Because in the beginning, my educator introduced me to one of her, like interns one day or, and she goes, like after I’ve been a diabetic for a year. And she says, This is Patrick. He used to call us every time he was about 200. And well, because I was told I wasn’t supposed to be 200. So like the first like, year and a half, I was kind of like, going like crazy, making sure I could blood sugars. But once I realized I could be a little higher, and I’ll be fine. Just as long as I came down. I was happy.
Stacey Simms 19:56
Yeah, definitely. I think we all handle this in a different way. You I have long decided that perfection is not an option.
Unknown Speaker 20:03
Stacey Simms 20:04
exactly. So I think it’s just important to, to just kind of spotlight that a little bit and I appreciate you sharing that. I’m not gonna make you the spokesperson, I promise for people with diabetes who have been through something like this, but having gone through it, you know, what is your advice for other people with type one? You know, is there anything that you would tell people to to concern themselves with more or less?
Patric Ciervo 20:27
I mean, I kind of feel like basically, I didn’t have that too hard at that experience, which is, in some ways I kind of feel bad because you know, I would like to say that like I fought all genders everything, like in spite but and I know everyone’s experiences not gonna be like that. So I feel very fortunate, but like, I think a lot of the things like me recover quickly, was that the second I got to the hospital, I got there like when symptoms were early, and I’ve shot up with like fluids early. I think that’s the number During my quarantine, I was drinking water, like non stop and take and taking vitamins. I was just doing everything I could to make sure even though I was feeling better that I wasn’t going to let this slit, if you had to be in the hospital, I’d say definitely advocate like the hell of your diabetes management and how you go about it. I think for nurses who like work great, otherwise, they kind of have misinformation about what to do. Yeah,
Stacey Simms 21:29
I’m curious too. Did you bring a bunch of supplies with you? I’ve seen some people recommend, you know, take up to two weeks, you know, if supplies if diabetes supplies to the hospital if you have to go?
Patric Ciervo 21:40
Yeah, I mean, I’m on the on the pod so I grabbed all that I grabbed strips, and my my Omni pod and I grabbed pumps. I had my girlfriend put like juices and gummies in her purse, and then my parents did come up and everything from South Korea. They would go to my apartment and they bought more stuff when I need it.
Stacey Simms 22:04
It’s so interesting because you were in the hospital before much of the lockdown or I shouldn’t call you know, the the states that decided to self quarantine whatever we’re calling it stay at home shelter in place. This would be for most of that went into place, wasn’t it?
Patric Ciervo 22:20
Yeah, I mean, my first day in the hospital was the day Tom Hanks was diagnosed. So that’s then. So that’s basically my buck marker for how early it was you in Telmex? Yeah, same day.
Unknown Speaker 22:34
Stacey Simms 22:35
You were diagnosed as a young adult. were you diagnosed correctly right away because I keep hearing more misdiagnoses at that age.
Patric Ciervo 22:41
I was diagnosed correctly. I really like my primary from South Jersey. I was in Ireland for a week, the week before. And I was drinking water non stop. I was in Ireland with my family. And my mom noticed two days later, we had a surprise birthday for At the surprise party all our friends are saying I look super skinny. So about two or three days later actually one day after her birthday, her actual birthday, she made me go to the doctor she talked to me and I told him my symptoms and he looked at me and he told us nurse to get the stuff to test me with instead tell my patients I’m going to be a while And so yeah, so my blood sugar was like 500 something and he made arrangements for me to go to the hospital and all that and gave me his personal cell phone if I need him at all during the night or something like that. And thankfully I didn’t but yeah,
Stacey Simms 23:38
and you mentioned the the camp and then in the athletes that you’ve been involved with and you know, you believe I’ve done a lot of bike rides. Haha, did you find all of that because that makes such a big difference once you find that community?
Patric Ciervo 23:49
Yeah, that’s definitely been like my lifesaver and everything prior to the diagnosis, went against into cycling, and I wasn’t spiking like that much but Now my friends went to bike. So I was looking for a group to bike with. So in the hospital, I googled cycling and diabetes. And I found that jdrf ride to cure. And I contacted one of the coaches, who is also a type one. And the endo that runs this camp is his personal endo. So he gave me his information. And I think going there since
Stacey Simms 24:23
Oh, that’s great. Yeah, going forward. Now, have you been instructed to do anything different? Are you just kind of back to full health? Do they monitor you? Do you diabetes wise or otherwise have to think about anything else?
Patric Ciervo 24:34
No, I did get a call from the health department and and Hoboken where I’m living now and in South Jersey, where I’m from, but other than just kind of initially checking in on me. I haven’t heard anything. We get a call from my primary doctors nurse. I got a call from her a few times, just checking in, but since I recovered, no one seems to be concerned about me. I guess I Have a lot on their plate. But I’ve been self isolating. I’ve been doing everything. Basically everything everyone else has been doing washing hands. What? If I go out to walk the dog? I’ll wear a mask and everything. You know, I don’t know what’s what. So just kind of be precautious in any area I can.
Stacey Simms 25:18
And I meant to ask when you were isolated for those 14 days. Did you live with your girlfriend? Did you live with anybody else or was that difficult for you guys?
Patric Ciervo 25:26
When my test result came back Saturday, she had already thought she had it. But she got tested then after my test result, and she came back positive. So we don’t live together. But I have a roommate up in North Jersey, and my sister has a house to herself. She said she would go to Mar parents beach house for those two weeks and that I could use her house. So I was there for like a few days by myself. But once my girlfriend was diagnosed and everything, she has two roommates as well and she didn’t want to be around them. They would still be isolated. together
Stacey Simms 26:00
in the hospital or otherwise they didn’t treat you with anything did they? It doesn’t sound like you were you know ascribed anything special?
Patric Ciervo 26:06
No they basically they did give me an A biotic when I left. And I think I don’t even remember they were giving me lots of fluids and everything. Maybe they did give me some type of tail or something. I don’t even remember what that was.
Stacey Simms 26:18
Yeah, yeah. But nothing on an ongoing basis.
Unknown Speaker 26:21
No, no. Well, Patrick,
Stacey Simms 26:23
I’m so glad you’re okay. And thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Yes. Posted if you get the call to I don’t know, donate plasma, or whatever the heck they’re doing. Haha. You know, let us know what where you go from here, but I really appreciate you sharing your story.
Patric Ciervo 26:37
Yeah, thank you for having me in everything.
Unknown Speaker 26:45
You’re listening to diabetes connections with Stacey Simms.
Stacey Simms 26:51
More information at diabetes connections.com. I will link up more information about generally speaking, you know COVID-19 type one diabetes and other interviews with people with type one who have been admitted, diagnosed officially with COVID-19 and have recovered and are speaking about it. So I will I’ll post all that information. I will also put the guest Patrick’s blood glucose drinking game video that we mentioned, that’s in the Facebook group. And I will post it in the show notes as well just go to diabetes, connections comm and click on the episode homepage. Patrick and I talked off the air briefly about the new policy or the provisional approval from the FDA to have CGM used in hospitals. And that would be hospitals would actually give the people admitted a continuous glucose monitoring system. dexcom is involved. Abbott is giving the Libra array. So it’s very, very new. In fact, it was after Patrick was released from the hospital. I believe that the FDA approved that provisionally but what I’m trying to figure out still and maybe by the time this airs, we’ll have the answer to this. I’m trying to figure out if that is Only for people who come in without their own system, right? mostly people with type two diabetes, as we had talked about in the conversation with dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer, or if you come in with type one diabetes, and they’re more willing to use your own system, or if they give you one if you don’t have one, so there’s still a lot to figure out there. But as you heard, he still had to do a lot of educating. And that, to me is so difficult when you’re the person who has type one and who is in need of medical care. I mean, not everybody is going to be as able, as Patrick was to describe the situation and say, you know, I’ve got this. So man, um, you know, we’ve got to keep advocating, we’ve got to keep educating, time for Tell me something good, which is usually a good segment for that. But first diabetes Connections is brought to you by dexcom. We started with dexcom back in the olden days before share, and I always meet people who have no idea that there was a thing before share, right that there was a time when you couldn’t look at your kids blood sugar on your phone. So trust me when I say using share and follow up really made a big difference. Benny and I have always set parameters about when I’m going to text him, you know how long I’m going to wait, that kind of stuff. And it really does help us talk and worry about diabetes less. If he’s asleep over if he’s away on a trip. It gives me so much peace of mind. It really helps me if I need to troubleshoot with him, because you can see what’s been happening over the last 24 hours and not make a decision based in just one moment in time. The alerts and alarms that we set also help us from keeping the highs from getting too high, and help us jump on lows before there were a big issue. Internet connectivity is required to access separate dexcom follow up to learn more, go to diabetes, connections comm and click on the dexcom logo.
Tell me something good. Recently, we have shifted to talking about healthcare heroes and stories of people with type one diabetes who are in healthcare fields. And I’m going to talk about one in just a moment. But first, I want to share a great story about a gentleman who doesn’t Have Type One Diabetes doesn’t have diabetes at all. But he is very much a part of a diabetes community. You may know Mike mangus, because I’ve talked about him here on the show. And I’ve certainly talked about his products. Stay put medical is not a sponsor, but I love them. After all these years of trying different products. I think about two, maybe three years ago, we finally started using stay put, and this is gonna sound like a commercial, but it’s unbelievable for Benny, everybody’s skin is so different. So it can take a while to figure out what’s right for you. Here’s the example I give last summer stay put kept his decks calm on the entire week of diabetes camp. And then for three and a half days at the beach. Yeah, we restarted the sensor. So they were in the water every day at diabetes camp. They were sweaty, they were gross. And then we went to the beach and did ocean swimming and all the gross stuff in the sand. So that thing is unbelievable. But I’m supposed to be doing a commercial for state but sorry, just kind of setting it up. But Mike who heads up state but he was diagnosed with COVID-19 In early March, and he spent four days in the hospital, he is also fully recovered. And he’s able to donate plasma in the hopes of helping others. Plasma donation for COVID-19. I mentioned at the very end of the interview with Patrick, it’s newly regulated, it’s experimental. So it isn’t widely available or used yet. But Mike was right in the front saying I want to do this. He was knocking on doors as soon as he recovered. I will link up more of his story. He’s got some coverage in the media, especially in Florida, where he lives. So I just think that’s a great news story. And we’ll follow Mike and kind of see how that goes and see what happens with plasma donations that could be really interesting, and hopefully helpful. I also want to tell you about Amy She is an RN. She’s a mom to Marcus Marcus is 16. He was diagnosed in June of 2016. And he was 12 at that time, so Amy is a nurse at a rural health clinic in Oregon. And she says finding the balance between the demands of work she does have reduced it hours now, but even so, managing medical costs and keeping her and her loved one safe these days is a big challenge. She says I’m a quilter. So I’ve been making fabric masks for my co workers, high risk patients and acquaintances to keep myself busy. These are crazy difficult times. But I firmly believe this world would be a better place having made it through until then she says I’m taking T one D mom life by the horns, and one day at a time. Amy, thank you so much for sending that in all the best to you tell Marcus we said hi. And if you have a Tell me something good story, please go ahead and share it. You can shoot me an email Stacey at diabetes, connections calm. You can post it in the Facebook group. However you want to get it to me, you can message me on social media. I would love to tell your good news stories. And of course we post them on social media every week as well. Hey, can you hear that? Benny is playing video games. And the kids you can call them video games anymore, but you know what I mean, he’s on his Xbox or whatever. He’s screaming soul. Right now that if I didn’t know better, I would think he was being, you know, physically attacked. And I’ve talked to my friends, this is very typical of teenage boys. Oh my god, they’re so loud. So I’m gonna go yell at him when I’m done taping, I think it’s gonna be all good. And maybe I’ll go secretly record him some time. Just you can hear it. Oh my god. But hey, that’s one of his big social outlets right now. You know, he gets in the headphones and plays with his friends and they’re all together. So I’m not gonna complain too much. I’m gonna go in there and tell them to knock it off. The big threaten my house these days is you better behavior. I’m changing the Wi Fi code, you know, fate worse than death right now. And we’re all on the systems all day long. I don’t want to look at my time on my screen time, right or the time on your phone. They all have those features. Now you can tell how much you’ve been on the phone. Oh, my goodness.
Well, this is the part of the show where I generally talk about where I’m going. And I have been going a lot of places online recently. Yeah, I mean, it’s all virtual. But I only bring that up because I want to tell tell you about a discount that I’m doing for the world’s first diabetes mom right now. Yes, of course, if you’re new, this is my book. It’s available on Amazon. There’s an audio book, you can get the Kindle version, of course ebook. So I’ll put the link. It’s always in the show notes. But I bring it up because I was talking to groups this week online, and I did a special discount code for them. And I want to pass it along to you. As I am taping this, I am scheduled to talk to jdrf in Michigan, and I’ll be doing a world worth D parent meetup, which will probably already have happened by the time this episode comes out. But I’ve got a promo code not for Amazon, you have to go to diabetes connections.com and order the book through my website to get the discount. And it’s very simple. The discount code is worst, just the word worst w o r s t. And that promo code will be good. Until next week, April 28. Again, that promo code is worst. I believe it saves you five bucks off the cover price. Unfortunately, you still have to pay for shipping. I know a lot of people go to Amazon because of that, but this will actually still be less than it costs on Amazon. promo code again is worst. And I can’t wait to get back on the road, not just to sell books, although that’s a lot of fun too, but you know, to meet people and do these presentations in person. There’s so much fun to still do, but it’s a little weird to talk to my computer and not talk to a crowd of people. I like the people a lot better. Well, thank you as always to my editor john McKenna’s from editing solutions. Thank you for listening. I so appreciate you being here every week. What a time we’re living through. I’m Stacey Simms. I’ll see you back here next week. Until then, be kind to yourself.
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