About six months after getting COVID-19, an East Granby mother and daughter were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Caedence Hague spent her ninth birthday in the Intensive Care Unit, and two weeks later, her mom, Kristen Dannahey, realized she had diabetes after finding her blood sugar levels elevated and realizing she, too, had the classic early symptoms of type 1 diabetes — frequent urination, extreme thirst, fatigue and rapid weight loss.
“Her endocrinologist and mine both said, ‘Have you had COVID? We’re seeing a lot of [past] COVID cases in new patients,’ ” says Dannahey, who was 33 when she was diagnosed in October 2020. After a couple of days in the ICU, Caedence stabilized, was sent home and allowed to celebrate her belated birthday with pizza and cake.