For the past three weeks Ryan’s had a rash on his booty that is just not relenting. My instinct is it began as a side-effect from the antibiotic to treat his urinary tract infection. It’s not getting worse — and perhaps just a tad bit better — so that’s good, but the healing is excruciatingly slow. We had Dr. Rodriguez’s office stop by our house to take a look.
We are treating it aggressively with a three-fold process. First, a thorough cleansing followed by cool air to dry it (blow dryer). Then a topical mixture. It’s quite the concoction: steroid ointment, Balmex, Monistat yeast cream, cortaid, and anti-fungal cream. Finally, we leave his behind exposed and absent of pressure as much as possible. Oh, and we have a fan lightly blowing on it. Keeping him dry is paramount. We repeat this four times a day.
You know, this is just consistent with all the complications from brain injury. And, complications from treating complications. The “if it’s not one thing, it’s another” existence over nearly two years now. It really sucks! Big time.
The challenge, unlike most injury, is it affects the entire body in unpredictable ways. Without the benefit of Ryan being able to tell us what’s wrong, no matter how diligent, sometimes we are faced with acute conditions.It’s an ever changing process of determining Ryan’s baseline and evaluating deviations from it. Oh, and the baseline is always changing. So, we must be careful in figuring out if it’s a baseline change or a deviation.
I’m not joking when I tell you I’ve strongly considered buying a microscope, slides, petri dishes, vials, and centrifuges. Sue thinks I’m just crazy… make that crazier.