October Kitchen August 2019

Steve Covert’s Incredible Story Close to a Miracle

“I ended up in the hospital last year with a pretty big health scare. One of the first things I did after getting out was start eating at October Kitchen. It completely turned my life around. You usually have to pay through the nose for healthy food, but October Kitchen isn’t like that. It’s wonderful, healthy food at reasonable prices. I eat

days in the hospital, I was able to go home. Just before I left, The Bear came to talk to me one more time.

“He told me that he’d attended some of the best schools in the world and was an expert in treating diabetes. ‘I’m not saying this to be narcissistic,’ he insisted. ‘I just want you to understand that I cannot figure out, for the life of me, how you are still here. I’ve never had anyone on my table with an 800 blood sugar level and live. But here you are.’” His doctor asked permission to write a medical journal about Steve’s extraordinary case. Before going into the hospital, Steve weighed over 320 pounds, and his experience had caused him to become diabetic. But he left with a blood sugar level of 99 and a second chance at life. Steve has made several changes to improve his health, which included eating with October Kitchen. Today, Steve weighs 258 pounds and is no longer insulin-dependent. “‘My grandfather always said that when you wake up in the morning, you can be the problem, or you can be the solution ...’” Steve is living every second to the fullest. He’s spending time with his wife, stepdaughter and grandkids, driving around in his ‘76 Corvette Stingray or his 1942 Studebaker Rat Rod and sharing the many excellent sayings taught to him by his grandfather. “My grandfather always said that when you wake up in the morning, you can be the problem, or you can be the solution,” says Steve. “When it came to my health, I realized

there for lunch and dinner almost every day. The food is great and the people who work there are so nice. I love October Kitchen.”

–Steve Covert

At October Kitchen, we are blessed with the opportunity to hear some pretty amazing stories. One incredible story comes from Steve Covert, who has been dining with us since last December. One morning in late November, Steve woke up not feeling so great. He went to work but had to go home early. When his wife came home six hours later, Steve, who doesn’t drink alcohol, was slurring his words. Throughout the evening, his skin turned gray and his eyes sunk in. When he suddenly lost control of his motor functions, his wife called an ambulance. “I remember the paramedic freaking out when he took my blood sugar level,” Steve explains. “He said it was 1600. For reference, your blood coagulates at 700. The paramedic used a few choice words to the driver and the next thing I know, I’m in the hospital. I heard doctors over my head saying someone’s kidney was failing, that they weren’t going to make it and that they needed to call the next of kin. Then I realized, ‘Oh my God, they’re talking about me!’” What happened next amazed everyone in the hospital. With no time for a blood transfusion, the head doctor on the floor, who Steve said was called “The Bear,” hooked up two bags of saline solution to Steve’s arms. Then the doctor stood by him for two hours, making sure the saline solution cleaned out his body without drowning Steve’s blood cells.

I wanted to start being the solution. October Kitchen really helped with that.”

“I was out of it for almost three days,” Steve says. “I was admitted early Monday morning and came to on Wednesday afternoon. After a total of 10

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