Ryan’s current urinary tract infection (UTI) is really a battle to resolve. Two antibiotics were administered that didn’t touch it. Fortunately, they aren’t meant to kill off the bacterial strain present. In one way, this is good news. I thought Ryan might have built up a resistance to those two classes of treatment, but now it seems they are still viable options in the future.
Late last week I collected a vial of Ryan’s urine for culturing. You must know, this is no easy process. For it to be fully accurate I must do what is called a “clean catch” of his urine. This requires a special, sterilized kit and impeccable timing. Anyhow, Dr. Rodriguez’s office swung by our house, picked it up, and sent it off to the lab.
In the meantime, I did another home urine test. The leukocytes (white blood cells) were still largely elevated. I felt completely helpless, knowing he wasn’t getting any better. Finally, the lab results came in yesterday morning and we changed course on the antibiotic. Ryan has a somewhat uncommon type of UTI that requires a strong antibiotic, since the bacteria is tolerant of many conditions and treatments.
Here’s the thing, too. This type of UTI presents very few clinical symptoms. Certainly nothing I would easily notice with Ryan unable to communicate. The only way we discovered it before becoming acute was our weekly routine urine dips (that were gifted to us through Ryan’s Wish List).
Staying somewhat on topic, we are expecting to receive the new urine condoms (branded as Liberty 3.0) today that claim to go a long way in preventing UTIs. I’m eager to make the change and see if this is true. Actually, it’s more than just a condom. The company (BioDerm) that makes it calls it a “urinary management system”, and I suppose this is a good description. It uses several materials and methods to draw urine away from the penis.
In re-reading this post, I see it is not very interesting. Still, for me, it is an effective way to recount, analyze, and plan. In some ways, it gives you a glimpse into the way I think when faced with these issues (which is probably even less interesting). Really, who knows, it might help others in a similar situation to discover and resolve a chronic challenge.
Thank you for staying with me as I work this through.
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