Believe me, I’ve tried my damned-best to respond to each person that has texted, posted, messaged, or emailed me. I simply can not keep with it any longer. Please know, this is not a complaint. On the contrary, this level of concern touches my heart deeply.
Here’s what I can tell you… Ryan’s infection is no worse, but to say more than that might be misleading. It appears to be improving. Hell, sometimes I’m sure it is, then I begin to doubt my assessment. Truth is, I won’t know for sure until he completes his course of antibiotics (next week) and then waiting several days to see if it re-presents itself.
The concern is that the infection is merely suppressed, but not defeated. This means the MRSA bacteria was tolerant and survived (and likely even strengthened).
If this turns out to be the case, then Ryan must get course of stronger antibiotics. Then we wait and see… again. The scary truth is that MRSA is resistant to most antibiotics and this can only occur for so long. There’s a limited number of bullets in the holster, to be blunt.
Most readers know that I have been relentless in minimizing antibiotics throughout Ryan’s injury (brutally caused by violent offenders Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May). It was over three years since he had taken any. This is truly remarkable for a healthy person, let alone someone in his condition. I’m proud of myself for keeping him healthy and, perhaps, prolonging his life; and his chance to experience recovery. But, what people don’t know is this has always been my approach… to only give my children antibiotics when necessary.
Beginning as young as infants, there were occasions when the doctor would write an order for an antibiotic treatment… and I was inclined to withhold them… if the doctor couldn’t convince me otherwise, that is (although, there were times when it was clear they were needed). Eventually, the doctors knew me well enough to prescribe antibiotics with the condition to “administer after three days if symptoms don’t improve”.
I’m not giving medical advice here. I never do. Let’s be clear on that. I certainly don’t want to get my ass sued. Yet, I urge anyone — especially parents — to ALWAYS think twice about how antibiotics are given.
As I’ve said many times before, there are only so many bullets in the holster.
Moreover, not all those bullets are loaded to kill what needs killin’.
Just as I wouldn’t use armor-piercing ammunition for a squirrel, neither would I use a super-antibiotic for the sniffles. Likewise, I wouldn’t use a BB for a human predator.
Hold on to those silver bullets for as long as you possibly can, Kemosabe. Hmm, I wonder how many people immediately understood that reference?
Come to think of it, this might be good advice for most life situations?
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