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
First, I am happily married father of 3 sons and 5 grandchildren. After high school I worked at a tool and die company where I went on to become a journeyman tool and die maker. 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