The sputum (throat mucus) cultures have grown out. Ryan grew a bacteria called “serratia marcescens”. This is an opportunistic bacteria that develops secondarily. It will be treated with an antibiotic called “ceftazidime”.
The treatment is to administer the ceftazidime antibiotic over a period of two week, via a PICC line. The line will be placed today, bedside.
Ryan will go home with this PICC line in place. It will be removed upon completion of the antibiotic.
Ryan will stay in the ICU for at least another two to three days, since he must remain on the ventilator. He will be discharged to the medical floor for another two to three days of observation. So, best case scenerio he will be discharged no sooner than late on Tuesday 28th. More realistically Ryan is looking at sometime around the New Year.
Some positive news is the antibiotics he was previously on did a nice job a suppressing the infection. None has entered the blood stream and his white count is completely normal at 6.8K.
It is both tough for us to see our son like this and for our daughter, Kari, to spend another holiday bedside in a hospital.