I have hired a young lady to write a book about my last 6.5 years and the struggles it has presented. I hope to have completed by the end of 2022 and that it will somehow help others going through the struggle of life after a critical illness. It is for sure not easy with one heck of a roller coaster that no one wants to ride.
I guess I could say April Fools day on this past year and Covid but unfortunately I cant do that. For many americans it had effected us in one way or another. For me I have been in the house for the most part for the past 9 months only to go through a drive-thru. Last week i received my 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine. I will still wear a mask out of respect and protection of others. I am hoping this year brings a better peace to myself and others as we all want to get back to some things we enjoy. For me that would be family, fishing, camping and traveling. Peace to everyone!
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Darrell survived #sepsis and is now an advocate who gives presentations and helps others cope with life after sepsis. This #SepsisSurvivorWeek we honor survivors like Darrell. Are you a sepsis survivor? Share your story with us by using the hashtag #SepsisSurvivor and tagging
Thanks to the University of Kentucky I will live again as they caught my sepsis early. You cant imagine the emotions and feelings of being back there again but Dr Ashley Montgomery was there with me when she didn't have to be. She wasn't even on call. Words cannot express the love I have for this lady and The University of Kentucky.
SEPSIS ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES KENTUCKY FCCLA AND SEPSIS SURVIVOR DARRELL RAIKES AS THE 2019 ERIN KAY FLATLEY SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS
Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s leading sepsis organization, today named Kentucky Family, Career and Community Leaders of American (FCCLA), and sepsis survivor Darrell Raikes as the 2019 Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award winners. Raikes and Kentucky FCCLA are jointly honored for raising awareness of sepsis in the state of Kentucky. Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening response to infection that takes a life every two minutes in the United States.
I was asked to speak and share my story at The American Delirium Society in Boston in front of a lot of medical professionals from all over the world. I and Sarah had a great time and thanks to Leanne in Nashville for asking me and what an honor. And to get an email from a lady you never met about how I touched her makes your new purpose and everything worthwhile.
Almost 4 years ago on May 26th, 2015 my roller coaster ride started and there has been up's and down's but still here to tell my story and help others who might be on this ride.
The video below is a question and answer about my time spent in ICU and some of the struggles I live with daily. Please click the picture below to be directed to the video. The UK portion doesnt start until about the 15 minute mark.
It was such an honor to be with this group of Angels from UK ICU where they saved my life.
What a honor to be invited to Florida by the founder of Sepsis Alliance Dr, Carl Flatley on a once in a life time fishing trip. I am so excited to be able to have the strength and the determination to fulfill this life long dream. Thank you Dr Carl Flatley for inviting me and hope that together we can bring awareness to Sepsis. Had a great time fishing with Carl Flately.
Once again I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity to help others with some of the struggles they have while in the hospital. I had lots of delirium while being intubated for approximately 25 days and none were pleasant experiences. I look forward to traveling to Boston so that I may help others and explain to the caregivers what to expect. As you can read below I have been invited to go to Boston, Massachusetts so that I may help others understand the outcomes of delirium.
We would like to invite you and your wife to be interviewed at the 2019 American Delirium Society workshop on Sunday, June 16th, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The workshop theme is "Delirium Recognition and Reduction: Bench to Bedside Considerations" and our aim is to provide an interactive and engaging learning experience for clinicians and researchers alike to develop skills and knowledge regarding delirium assessment, prevention, and management.
We would like to end the workshop with an interview of someone who has experienced delirium. The goal of the 45-minute interview is for workshop attendees to understand the delirium experience and it’s long term effects. You would get a few minutes to describe your hospitalization and I would ask you questions which you will receive ahead of time. You will also get questions from the audience.
I was just recently named International ICU hero of The Year by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. I, my wife, critical care doctor and 4 nurses will fly to San Diego February 16th to receive this prestigious award. What an honor to receive this award and to be nominated by my critical care doctor Dr. Ashley Montgomery. She is and always will be my angel.
Dr. Ashley Montgomery
I went to Owensboro today for a sepsis presentation and look who I ran into. I love this lady to death and she was one of my nurses at UK and helped save my life. She helped take care of me in my difficult hours, Thank you Pissy!!! ( As Ron Called Her). Made my day and trip!!
I have been volunteering for 2 hours a week at the University of Kentucky Hospital. I started out in ER and the a few months ago was transferred to ICU by my Angel Dr. Ashley Montgomery. She applied for me and the unit to receive the national ICU hero of the year award. Lets just say we won and I, My Wife, Dr Montgomery and some nurses will travel to San Diego in February to receive the award. I can't express in words what such an honor but to know I am making a difference in lives is the best. God had a plan for me and no longer wanted me to be an engineer but wanted me to spread awareness and encourage others. I want to thank Dr. Montgomery and the University of Kentucky for giving me this chance. I could have laid on the couch but I try and be productive 50% of my time to give back to others. What an opportunity and so gracious.
A retired engineer that had to quit work due to traumatic health issues and want to share and help others