Ryan was discharged — directly from the ICU — and is now at home. We were fortunate to get out when we did because our area is getting quite the progression of precipitation: freezing rain, sleet, ice, and then snow.
Over the next 14 days I must give him a strong (and somewhat uncommon) antibiotic intravenously. It is for the bacteria, serratia, that found its way into his bloodstream as a result of the kidney stones. The bacteria also infected his urine, but that didn’t happen until after his surgery. I consider this a big deal because it gives me some assurance that I have a solid protocol in place to protect his urinary tract.
This bug is resistant to most anitbiotics and must be completely eradicated. Once it is, he will need to undergo another surgery to go in and get the kidney stones. He has at least four stones and one is actually larger than the one that caused the blockage. Right now that one is harmlessly sitting in the kidney. As for the one that is responsible for all the havoc last week, it is still there, but pushed aside (between the stent and tract wall).
In general, Ryan seems like he is feeling somewhat better; just after two days of treatment. On Wednesday he will get his blood drawn and tested to make sure the serratia is being defeated.
What caused the kidney stones? Well, it can all be tied back to his brain injury. It’s the domino effect in all its fuddruckin’ glory. You know, the resulting problems with the body’s organs not functioning like they should… the change in diet… the medications and supplements… the ability to know something is going wrong… and so on.
I’ll just leave it at that before I start getting (more) pissed off.
I also want everyone to know that I have fallen behind on my replies to your emails, texts, and telephone messages. I tried to keep up, but it was overwhelming. I like that so many were this concerned and I see this as a good problem to have. I believe I have the Wish List Orders Received current now.