Dennis had contracted an infection. As it progressed throughout his body, his arms began to swell up, and he became very weak. When he visited his physician, he was told that he was suffering from septic shock and needed to go to the emergency room immediately. The infection had gotten bad enough that it had caused his blood pressure to drop very low, to 38 over 24. When blood pressure becomes that low, the rate of mortality skyrockets.
“From what I understand, my blood pressure had gone down so low that it put my body into shock. The possibility of a stroke was very high then because I wasn’t getting the oxygen to my body, to my brain. In that sense, I was in septic shock.”
When Dennis arrived at Davis Hospital and Medical Center, several doctors put him on a gurney and helped to bring him inside. “All of them were working on me; they were setting me up and putting all of the instruments and IVs and everything into me. I remember looking up and seeing the blood pressure machine and realizing how low it was. And I said to myself, ‘Something has been messed up, because that is not even close to what it should be.’ And after that, they continued working, running around and trying to bring that blood pressure up again before it caused me to have a stroke. They were also getting me antibiotics to take care of the infection that I had.”
Davis Hospital and Medical Center's ER is a stroke-certified receiving facility, and for that, Dennis says he is very grateful. “I credit them with saving my life, because I probably would have died had I not been there when I did, from both the septic shock as well as the infection.” He is beholden to them for allowing him to be able to watch his young grandchildren grow up and for knowing that they will be able to get to know him as they grow. “That wouldn’t have happened if they hadn’t been able to take care of me when I went into their hospital. I’m grateful to them for that, and I feel very good and confident in the service that they can provide.”
Davis Hospital and Medical Center is located about five minutes from where Dennis lives, which was crucial to his situation, because every second counts when the body goes into septic shock. He said that he feels good about having a hospital that he can trust in an area so close to where he lives.
Dennis spent two days in ICU with nurses watching him around the clock. “They had me right outside of where the nurse’s desk was, and of course they had some cameras in there to keep an eye on me. I didn’t worry about anything. I just felt calm and knew I was in good hands. The care was just fantastic. I felt totally safe and at peace.”