Posted by liafreitas | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 20-07-2010
Tags: encopresis, poop, tummy pain
Let’s face it, until you actually have a child you have no idea how much your life will be spent worrying about poop. When you are pregnant, you worry if that iron supplement will prevent you from pooping. You worry about pooping while delivering (admit it….you did!). You worry about pooping after giving birth.
Then you have this beautiful baby and you worry if they are pooping enough. Is it the right color? Consistency? Lunch conversations with your friends turn to poop and you find yourself amazed at how much you worry about it. You are also amazed because you could have never fathomed having hour long conversations about it with others, but you do. FREQUENTLY!!!!
LG is now 5. In most mother’s lives, poop conversations are long over since our kids have been potty trained for a few years now. Sadly, that has been the opposite in my case. Yes, LG has been potty trained for 2+ years but we have been battling something called encopresis for the last 2 years. With kindergarten fast approaching I knew we needed to get it under control. I think all of us involved are ready to be done with this, mostly LG!
Yesterday , under doctors advice, we started a new treatment. It started with a big ol laxative for one 5 year old and a TERRIFIED mother. I was sure that this was going to be the most explosive event in our life, if you know what i mean. If you have ever taken a laxative before, you know how painful it can be. I was really upset thinking that my baby could be in pain. I wiped our calendar clean and we buckled down at home.
7:30 a.m. the medicine was given. The bottle told me it would work between 1/2 and 6 hours. 1 hour passed, then 2, then 3….NOTHING! As the hours ticked by I was getting more concerned that nothing was going to happen. I was worried that we would have to do something else to fix this problem, something more extreme. Both my parents called several times during the day to check on us. Daddy called to check on us. It was fairly humorous to me that my child’s bowel movements were causing such a stir.
Finally at hour 6.5, the medicine worked. It was a very mild event. To tell you the truth, I was a little bummed because I was sure it would make some good blog fodder. Don’t judge!!! There was no pain for LG which I was thrilled about. In fact, she was a total trooper through the whole day. I must have asked her 100 times if her tummy hurt or if she needed to use the restroom.
The good news is that we are moving along in the process. The bad news is we are not in the clear yet. In about 2 weeks we should know how we are doing. Maybe then I can stop talking about poop. I better start thinking of some new conversation starters!