UK HealthCare Page Liked · April 16·
This week is National Volunteer Week, and we are pleased to recognize some of our wonderful volunteers. Today we recognize Darrell Raikes – a volunteer in the Emergency Department who helps our geriatric patients. Darrell is a sepsis survivor who worked alongside state officials to pass a resolution recognizing September 2018 as Sepsis Awareness Month. Thank you, Darrell, for being a wonderful volunteer at UK HealthCare!
Volunteer Spotlight: Darrel RaikesDarrell Raikes is a ball of fire. With his dynamic energy and determination, you wouldn’t know he spent 20 days in the ICU after he developed sepsis from a routine knee replacement. To further complicate matters, his sepsis led to ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome). This experience left Darrell with lasting effects, but it didn’t diminish his drive.
Now Darrell is a tireless sepsis awareness advocate. He tours his home state of Kentucky speaking to schools and organizations about sepsis. Darrell and his wife, Sarah, connected Sepsis Alliance with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a nonprofit organization of young men and women who choose a charity every year to support. It’s because of Darrell that the FCCLA Kentucky chapter chose Sepsis Alliance and has already raised over $10,000 for the organization. Passionate and committed volunteers like Darrell are a major reason Sepsis Alliance is able to spread sepsis awareness and save lives.
What a great 2 days it was in Louisville to bring sepsis awareness to around 1000 people from all over the state of Kentucky. It was an honor to meet Dr. Carl Flately the founder of Sepsis Alliance. The State of Kentucky FCCLA raised around $12,000 to go to Sepsis Alliance.
I would like to thank all of the fisherman, the sponsors, and the people that made the first Sepsis Alliance Bass Tournament a success today. A special thanks to the Washington County High School FCCLA members and teachers who donated their time to make this happen. The real winner of the tournament was https://www.facebook.com/sepsisalliance/ as approximately $2000.00 was raised to bring awareness to others about the disease that kills more people than breast cancer, prostrate cancer and AIDS combined and few people know little about. Again THANK YOU!!
Well I went to UK ICU today to visit some very special people and they wanted their picture with me. I was happy to see these smiling faces and so thankful for what they do each and every day. SAVE LIVES!!
I went to for my interview today to be a volunteer for the University of Kentucky and critical ill patients. Hopefully I can make a difference to the those at the University of Kentucky that needs the perspective of a critical ill patient back in 2015.
I have discovered over the past 2 weeks there is no miracle cure for what I have or more drugs isn't going to make it any better. Its been just the opposite for me that less drugs are better and determination to keep your body strong. I would recommend working out and keeping a positive attitude and small accomplishments seen to work better. For all the others out there that have went through Sepsis and ARDS to keep pushing forward knowing that the next day will be better than the last.
Thank you to all of the people that had a hand in approving the fund raiser for Sepsis. As a survivor it means so much to me but a lot more to raise awareness to those that have no clue about this dreaded condition. I cant wait to speak to you about Sepsis and how it changes your life.
Thank you again for a great cause that so many know nothing about.
Super excited that the KY Family Career and Community Leaders of America is considering Sepsis awareness as their 2017-2018 community service project. This would include over 150 chapters and 4500 students from all across the state who would be raising money and awareness of Sepsis, especially in children.
Sepsis Alliance is a charitable organization run by a team of dedicated laypeople and healthcare professionals who share a strong commitment to battling sepsis. The organization was founded in 2007, by Dr. Carl Flatley, whose daughter Erin died of sepsis when she was 23 years old. Sepsis Alliance was created to raise sepsis awareness among both the general public and healthcare professionals. Sepsis awareness can and does save lives, yet only 55% of American adults have ever heard the word. Sepsis Alliance also gives a voice to the millions of people who have been touched by sepsis – to the survivors, and the friends and family members of those who have survived or who have died. Survivors and those left behind often feel as if they are alone.
I have posted on a couple websites about why cant the patient and/or caregiver be informed about the possible complications to come months and years later. I understand there are some legal battles and several reasons why it cant happen. But why cant the patient and/or caregiver be informed its possible they might develop PTSD or an anxiety/panic attacks. It doesntt have to say they will be its possible and things to looks for. Its not for any particular medical condition but for long term ICU care there will be some things that are different for you years later. From everything I have read about PICS (Post ICU Syndrome) things tend to be a little different for some if not most people. Just as HIPPA was formed why cant something be formed for a more informative way (video or pamphlet) to patients before they are released.......Just a RANT
I had to add some comments about my app verses other similar apps on the about page in BLUE. All of the others use an ipad which a lot of people don't have and cost money to download. Mine is totally free.
Thank you for visiting my website. If I can ever help with you or a loved one that has suffered from Sepsis or ARDS or just been in the ICU for an extended period please feel free to contact me. It always helps to talk to someone about your experiences.