Phew! I was really running behind this morning, but finally caught up… somewhat. It all began when I noticed the smell of infected urine. “Ahhhh”, I thought, “nothing like the smell of resistant E. coli in the morning”. Then I saw a puddle of urine under Ryan’s seat. His external condom was completely off. It was not put on properly this morning. More accurately, the leg strap that secures the urine bag was not put on (at all). The weight of the urine bag and the pulling from the transfer out of bed undoubtedly caused the separation.
There’s really no excuse for this.
That’s how it goes though. One tiny oversight can cause a huge mess and an incredible waste of time. The result was not just putting on a leg strap. Nooooo. That would be too easy. It meant mopping-up and disinfecting the floor. It meant washing him. It meant changing Ryan’s clothing. His sling. His chair’s under-pad and seat. But wait… there’s more. The urine soaked the RT300 FES electrodes (that cost a small fortune), rendering them useless. I had to scrubbed the therapy and start over. I know I talked about it before, but I must point to the fuddruckin’ “domino effect” here again. Nothing to do but just watch the tiles fall until the last.
So, back to the smell of infected urine. We have three doctors working on this; the primary care physician, a urologist, and an infectious disease specialist. The plan is still to begin an IV (Intra Venous) antibiotic today or tomorrow, but with a better approach (I think). First, we can avoid the hospital by foregoing a PICC line and opting for a run-of-the-mill IV placed in the vein. Secondly, an infusion company will come to our home to start it. Viola!
I’ll make it a point to post an update (and photo, I suspect) when the antibiotic starts flowing.
- Antibiotic Ineffective. UTI Persists. (ryansrally.org)
- E. Coli That Cause Urinary Tract Infections are Now Resistant to Antibiotics (blogs.discovermagazine.com)