Travels through a Toxic Shock Nightmare

Travels through a Toxic Shock Nightmare

by Howard Hoover

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Overview

In the prime of his life, Howard Hoover was suddenly struck down by an illness. It blindsided him and his family. It came out of nowhere, and all the prior trivialities that took up his thoughts and energy melted away in the face of a life-and-death drama: toxic shock syndrome.

The aptly named illness was both toxic and shocking. Hoover recounts his battle in "Travels through a Toxic Shock Nightmare." His remarkable ability to recall details during this level of critical illness is rare-unheard of, in fact. Thankfully, Hoover did remember most of his journey, and his path to health put a lot of things in his life into proper perspective.

Hoover shares the life lessons that only a sweeping tragedy can create. His perspective is personal, and he shares his story through a lens of sorrow, grief, fear, humor, and faith. Hoover's sudden illness was extreme and dangerous. He was on the brink of death and it was not certain that a positive outcome was on the horizon. He fought a courageous battle for weeks, and in the end his life was forever changed.

Hoover fell victim to the number-one killer in hospitals today: sepsis. This killer disease that was once mostly dangerous to the very young, very ill, or very old is now reaching out to affect healthy adults. Strong people who were never thought to be at risk are now very much in danger, and Hoover wants everyone from critical care providers to patients and families to understand this very dangerous, prevalent menace.

Hoover's book offers a complete picture from the patient's viewpoint of how the disease can take hold and how it progresses. Readers will be struck dumb by the tremendous devastation that can be unleashed in mere days-even hours-once the patient's immune system overreacts to fight the tenacious infection, leaving terrible damage and all too often death in its wake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492966944
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/26/2014
Pages: 590
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Howard Hoover lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his family. It is also where he contracted the often-deadly, seldom forgiving toxic shock syndrome after coming down with a sudden and dramatic case of sepsis. As he slowly recovered from his rapid downslide, he began to write down his recollections from this astonishing time in his life. He collected all of these experiences in a journal where he noticed that there might be a book in those pages.

He wrote the book "Travels through a Toxic Shock Nightmare" to share his experiences and to tell people what he learned from his struggle-his most singular and unusual true story. He also hopes to get out the word about sepsis and shed some light on the number-one killer in hospitals today. There have been encouraging strides in raising awareness since his struggle but more work needs to be done.

He has had the opportunity to speak at hospitals and medical device manufacturing facilities domestically and internationally to share his story and to convey what a patient goes through when in the throes of such an illness. He is hopeful that some of the information he imparts may help a future patient in need and offer a critical care provider a window to what a patient is experiencing.

Howard Hoover holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of South Florida, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Mercer University. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Georgia and North Carolina. Howard Hoover is a first time author and just one sepsis survivor.

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