Denney’s improvement prompts transfer from ICU
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Craig Denney has been moved from the intensive care unit at Valley View Hospital to a regular hospital room, and doctors anticipate the Glenwood Springs High School athletic director could return home by the end of the week.
Denney, who has been battling complications from his treatment of Burkitt’s lymphoma, was in the hospital’s ICU for nine days, according to his wife, Ann. His condition has stabilized enough to warrant his move from the ICU, Ann Denney said in a post on http://www.caringbridge.org.
“The nine days in ICU were a nightmare, watching him battle his high fevers, taking out the infected port, issues with his kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas, lungs/breathing and lucidity,” Ann Denney wrote. “He does not remember much. However, I remember every horrifying minute.”
Denney was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma in the middle of November last year and has undergone chemotherapy since then. Complications following that treatment, however, were caused by a virus that went septic. It caused liver and kidney issues along with fevers that reached as high as 105.
“His recovery does not end just yet,” Ann Denney wrote. “Perhaps four to five more days at the hospital and then back home to regain strength.”
She posted an update on her husband’s transfer within the hospital on Monday.
The 52-year-old Denney, who has served as the GSHS athletic director for the past six years, was initially expected to return to his AD duties on a part-time basis by this week. The recent setback in his recovery, however, has left no set time on his return.
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