As any caregiver will tell you, it seems nothing is easy. Nothing! When it comes to brain injury, everything becomes exponentially more difficult. Caregivers also know that finding reputable advice or information is bordering on the impossible.
This is the reason so many reach out to me when they find themselves dealing with this situation. As much as I hate that I’m perceived as — and probably am — an expert, I relish the opportunity to help them. It’s one way that I can make some good out of an unimaginable tragedy. I still have trouble accepting that my son was beaten so viciously and now lives with severe TBI (traumatic brain injury), but it makes me feel good to be available to others.
Well, it sadly happened again yesterday.
A sister of a brain injured man found me through another person who follows Ryan on this website. She sent me an email titled “My brother has a brain injury and I need some guidance“. I read it immediately and could sense her desperation. Like Ryan, and so many others in his condition, her sibling is plagued with chronically recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs). The medical community seems to have no formal protocol for dealing with this infection in this population. I found this out the hard way when I researched solutions with Ryan’s UTIs. Ryan was getting one about every five to six weeks, then spending ten to fourteen days on antibiotics to eradicate it. I was no less desperate.Anyhow, through years of trial and error (which was mostly error) I developed a protocol that is working for Ryan. Aside from a kidney stone blockage that caused a UTI, he has been infection free since late-2012! Still, I was searching for the magic bullet for years beforehand. Then I decided that I was approaching it all wrong. It was at that time that I educated myself on the complete urinary system. I then evaluated treatments with any means necessary. It was as advanced as a bladder scanner to as simple as smelling his urine.
As it turns out, it wasn’t one thing that protects him, but many… a cocktail of treatments.
For those looking for suggestions then you should take a look at Ryan’s Urinary Protocol. Heck, it might be interesting to many of you to see for yourself exactly what it takes to solve it. I promise, you’ll be surprised that it is so complicated! What most people only think about only when they get a UTI, we live every day.
I guess that goes for everything in Ryan’s life…