Just weeks after coming off antibiotics to treat a particularly resistant urinary tract infection (UTI), Ryan has developed yet another UTI. Since last week I knew his body was trying to fight one off and he held it at bay for a while. But, last night his leukocytes (white blood cells) jumped from “trace” to “medium”. In the end, the UTI took hold and we are going down that all to familiar path of treatment. This is not good… not good at all.
As a precaution, we sent a urine sample to Dr. Rodriguez last Friday for culture. The results are pending, but there is a good chance they will be in today. Thank goodness we were ahead of this and should know the strain of bacteria exceedingly early. This is key for precise and quick resolution.
We’ve also ordered every conceivable panel of blood work. This will be drawn on Thursday.
I had every intention of making today’s post about his eye visit to Dr. Hinkle (and our first outing in the Chick Magnet), or about this past weekend with his sister and friends. I was hoping to give an update on tomorrow’s baclofen reduction and the upcoming sleep study we’ll be taking him to (probably this weekend). I’ll get to these at some point.
Meanwhile, it’s back to the drawing board to come up with a plan, or some sort of protocol, to end these infections once-and-for-all. My instincts are telling me to rethink everything. So, I’ll approach it from a completely different angle. My launching point will be to just let him urinate without any devices or systems to contain it’s flow (although I will use the moisture alarm sent to us from Ryan’s Wish List and a floor covering), and then completely clean him each time. Yes, this will be endless… and messy… and back-breaking. Then, as I get into it I’m sure I’ll figure out ways to become efficient (well, as much as possible).