I just heard back from Dr. Rodriguez’s office. Bad news. But, not awful. Ryan’s white blood cells are high at 12.5 (normal is below 10.0). This means an infection is brewing. I seem to have caught it early enough to begin treatment at home. Only time will tell.
We also know, from the make-up of his white blood cells that the are certain component of the white blood cell is too high (as a percentage), indicating a bacterial infection. Ryan will begin a 10-day course of antibiotics beginning this afternoon.
Granted, it is wonderful that this was detected early but every time he is put on antibiotics it’s like taking a bullet from his arsenal. When you read about people suffering from or succumbing to complications of brain injury, this is one of the several things that are meant. Eventually they become resistant to antibiotics from use in repeated bouts of urinary tract and respiratory infections.
Then, after some years along comes the day when nothing works to clear the infection.