I began to notice some change in Ryan’s urine yesterday morning. It seemed darker than usual. I wasn’t too concerned, thinking he might just be passing excess vitamins in the urine. Still, it was different and required monitoring.
By night, the urine darkness worsened. Normally, we home-test his urine each Sunday as a precaution. Dr. Rodriguez provided us with “Urine Strips” that indicate 10 different measurements, including blood. These strips are dipped in urine, and within a minute the results are visible. You simply match it up, by color, to the reference chart.
The blood swab indicated “Large Amounts”.
Sue called Dr. Rodriguez immediately. She could tell that he was not only in bed, but sick. He never even eluded to his own illness, and went to work on diagnosing Ryan. Again, a wonderful human being! Half an hour later, we had a plan and began executing it by getting a “clean catch” of urine in a sterile cup and putting it in the refridgerator. Sue is delivering it to Dr. Rodriguez as I write this.
On a positive note, Ryan’s urine was the desired “straw” color overnight. I was inspecting it every two hours throughout the night. Currently, it looks amazingly clean. He hasn’t developed a fever (indication of infection) and his heart rate and blood pressure are not high (indication of pain).
There are so, so many causes of blood in the urine. They range from life-threatening, to kidney stones, to minor trauma. It’s best not to speculate. Given his current presentation, I’m not overly concerned. I do want to get to the bottom of it, though.