Well, it was a good run. Ryan stayed free of a urinary tract infection for two months. This is longer than he has at any time since early 2011. It was an endless cycle of two weeks on antibiotics and three weeks infection free. Anyhow, it all came to an end yesterday afternoon when he showed he was in discomfort. It’s a distinct motion he does every time an UTI begins bothering him. It seemed silly to test his urine because I was certain he had an infection… but I did it anyhow.
The urine test strip confirmed what I already knew. A UTI had taken hold. It showed the presence of both leukocytes and nitrites. Any doubt was quickly removed.
We’re already treating him. He went on the antibiotic Cipro last night. Because we won’t know the exact strain for a few days — when the culture grows out — this is a good approach, even though it is quite powerful, since it is broad-based and knocks out many infections (but not all, by any means). We also collected Ryan’s urine for culture that will be sent to the lab today.
To bridge the gap to treat Ryan’s discomfort until the antibiotic begins its work, we gave Ryan a product called AZO Standard (kindly purchased from Ryan’s Wish List) that we had on-hand. It is a Phenazopyridine that relieves urinary tract pain, burning, irritation, and discomfort, as well as urgent and frequent urination caused by urinary tract infections. However, it is not an antibiotic; it does not cure infections.
I’ll adjust Ryan’s therapies today to the level he can tolerate. I already have him pulled back a bit on his RT-300 FES cycle. He will go at least one mile less than his average and I can see he is having difficulty pushing as much resistance. I hope he begins feeling better by tonight.