It’s been a hell of a year.
For the time being, there is no let-up in sight. It wasn’t even thirty days ago that Ryan was extremely ill and in the ICU (for seven days). Both of his kidneys were infected with not just one, but three, extremely nasty bacteria strains. It took powerful intravenous antibiotics for his recovery; that I had to continue at home. You can read about it here: Ryan in ICU: What If I Ever Miss Something?
I thought his infection was eradicated.
Turns out, I might be wrong. If so, it could be devastating… potentially a matter of life or death. This could get real serious… real fast.
Here’s the short of it. Ryan again has a urinary tract infection (UTI). It developed fully within the past 24 hours. I know this because I sample his urine daily with a home test kit strips. Yesterday the results went to hell (i.e., I retested hourly for the next three hours to confirm).
Here’s the concern… if this currently active UTI is caused by any one of the three bacteria that infected his kidneys then we might have a problem. It is then highly likely that the IV antibiotics didn’t eradicate it, and merely suppressed it. Simply stated, these bacteria would be resistant to the powerful antibiotic(s).
Sure, there might be other powerful antibiotics that could be used. In fact, that’s likely. Then again, there might not. No matter, because those that were used are no longer effective for him.
Losing the availability of any antibiotic, let alone powerful ones, is like taking a bullet — a silver bullet, at that — from the holster.
Now We Wait
Within hours of confirming Ryan’s UTI yesterday, via home urinalysis, I had his urine at the lab for culture. It takes around 48 – 72 hours for it to grow out enough to be able to identify the bacteria (i.e., Bacteria is the plural form, while bacterium is singular. I’ll use the plural since this is what people are familiar with).
So, we should know something as early as tomorrow afternoon or Thursday at the latest. Until then all we can do is wait… and worry.
It’s a real kick in the nuts that survivors of traumatic brain injury are nearly always taken down permanently by bacteria, and not the lingering injury itself. Mainly urinary infections or pneumonia. To think, after everything that looms so large, it becomes microscopic.
Sure, that will almost certainly be Ryan’s fate, but that isn’t what kills him. It rests squarely on two monstrous thugs, Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May (both from Newark, DE). They beat the existence — the very essence — from Ryan.
They ended his life.