Hello Mr. Raikes,
I just wanted to tell you how much both you and your wife touched my heart with the presentation you gave at the ADS conference in Boston.
Your story was so compelling and you are so brave and strong to be able and willing to share it. Please know that you and your wife had a great impact on me and I will share your story and take it with me wherever I go in teaching others about caring for patients.
Thank you again!
Jeanne Kessler, MSN, RN-BC
Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation
My name is Christine, and I’m an ICU nurse who attended the American Delirium Society workshop a couple of weeks ago.
First, I wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing your story. The things you taught me about your experience have changed the way I practice. I truly appreciate your willingness to talk about what you went through, it is an incredibly brave thing to do.
Christine DeForge, MSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse III, Medical ICU
Academic-Practice Research Fellow
I just watched your story on the Sepsis Alliance site. Your strength and determination touched my heart deeply. I am the Sepsis Coordinator at a moderate sized hospital in Akron, Ohio (Summa Health). As a former Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner and RN in the ICU before that, I cared for many patients like you, but never saw the devastation after discharge that being so ill caused. Thank you for sharing your story. The pandemic has shut down a lot of my projects due to understaffing and staff burnout/exhaustion, but you've inspired me to start ASAP on the patient education program I've been wanting to develop. When you said information on post sepsis syndrome would've helped, that was all I needed to hear. Keep inspiring and filling that purpose that God kept you here with us for. You embody the verse on your site from 2Cor 1:4! Thank you for hearing and answering God's call. May you and your wife be blessed for many years to come on earth, and after:)
Michelle Evans, MSN, RN, APRN-CNP
Sepsis Program Coordinator
525 E. Market Street | Akron, OH 44304
I spoke to a college class of medical students and the following is the conversation between the professor and one of her students:
I am wrapping up my class with the students and one of the last projects for them to complete is a presentation of take aways to start a career in healthcare. Today one of the students closed her presentation with this.
"I am going to make a commitment to treat every patient I come in contact with as if they are my Darrell. I also want to make a commitment, no matter how busy I will take time."
YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!!! Thank You so much!!
After working for 19 years as a tool and die maker I took a position as a engineer with an automotive supplier where I worked for another 16 years until summer of 2015. It was May 26, 2015 I went in for a partial knee replacement and from there my sepsis journey began. Since 2015 I have traveled the country receiving awards which include International ICU Hero of the Year (Society of Critical Care Medicine) and The Erin K Flatley Spirit Award (Sepsis Alliance). I have spoken at The American Delirium Society in Boston and CHEST Convention in New Orleans and all across Kentucky. I currently serve on a patient advisory counsel at UK hospital and before Covid I volunteered in UK ICU as a mentor to critically ill patients. I am a sepsis awareness advocate and currently working with The Kentucky Hospital Association and sepsis protocols. READ MORE About Me