Let me start with some good news. According to some early blood work, Ryan’s kidneys and liver are functioning properly. That’s not to say we can rule out an infection yet, but at least there is no damage even if one is present. We just need to wait (alway waiting!) on the urine culture. In the meantime, Ryan will stay on his antibiotic (Cipro). The earliest we could get an answer on this is Saturday evening and Dr. Rodriguez said he will check for lab results over the weekend.
We began the process of bringing two more areas of medical specialty into the mix. We put in calls yesterday and are waiting (waiting!) to hear back. The first is an infectious disease doctor. The other is a urologist. We are working to set up an appointment to run three specific tests. The first is a CT scan of the bladder and kidneys. Second is a scope to probe the bladder. The last is called “urodynamics”, which measures bladder capacity and function. We need to see if Ryan has a stone in the bladder or bladder overflow with a lot of residual urine. Fortunately, all can be accomplished in a single visit.
More good news. So far, at least, Ryan is showing no negative signs from the baclofen reduction from yesterday morning (but, no positive signs either). The critical twenty-four hour window passed, and we’ll wait it out (again, waiting!) until Sunday morning when the equally critical seventy-two hour threshold passes. This latest reduction brought him to 109.9 mcg (from 135 mcg). The next decrease will easily bring him below 100 mcg, and I already set-up a tentative appointment for the day of
love Hallmark, February 14th. Does anyone out there have better plans than us for Valentine’s Day? This brings a whole new meaning to “getting lucky”. Ahhhhh, that’s amore.
You know what else? Maybe I’m on to something with this whole “waiting” thing. I wonder if there is already a game out there called “The Waiting Game”? My first reaction was to make this a board game, but it might actually work better as a drinking game. The last one to pass out wins. Some variations of this game could be “Come Hell or High Water”, “Hurry Up and Wait”, “Shut Up and Wait”, and “When Hell Freezes Over”.
The possibilities are endless. I’ll get to it at some point, probably when pigs fly.