Sepsis: One Father's Story of Loneliness and Strength

Infection Control TodayInfection Control Today, March 2023, (Vol. 27, No. 2)
Volume 27
Issue 2

In this first installment of 3, Infection Control Today® presents a personal story of how sepsis can enter central lines, and how it affects the entire family.

In this first installment of 3, Infection Control Today® (ICT®) presents a personal story of how sepsis can enter central lines. This is one father’s story about how his son lived through sepsis, but it took a huge toll not only on his son but on his whole family.

A port is a lifeline for patients who need them, but it can be an open door for pathogens if strict hygiene protocols are not followed. In this case, it changed an entire family’s way of life.

David Jordon, BS, key account manager for US hospitals for Covalon Technologies talks to ICT® about his family’s story of how sepsis changed their lives. He describes his family’s story of pain, loneliness, and, above all, strength to get through a terrible time in their lives due to their son’s illness. This story is also a tale of dedication, determination, and love.

In this exclusive interview, Jordan talks about his background and where his knowledge of infections and sepsis comes from. Then he discusses his son’s story and how his infection journey led to sepsis.

“That experience [of spending a month in the hospital with sepsis] really changed his outlook on things,” Jordan tells ICT®. “It was a very tough time for him. Going through what he went through, it was a very tough time for my wife, very tough time for me. You know, it was tough on the entire family. And because we have two other children that either Mom or Dad [is] not going to be home because they're at the hospital with him. So it's been a journey.”

The next 2 installments of this interview will post on Fridays for the next 2 weeks.

The second installment is here.

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