Monday, February 27, 2012

The Poo Diaries

** Disclaimer: If you don't like poo talk, click that little red X at the top.  This will be a update about Samantha's poop issues and might be kinda gross for the squeamish **

As you may remember from here and here, Samantha has been battling constipation since she was 13 months old.  She'll be 16 months next week.

We've been to the doctor now a third time for this issue.  We've done a total of 4 enemas, a ton of miralax, big kid doses of magnesium citrate, x-rays, diet changes, old wives tales and more to try and figure out what is going on.  Since Friday, Samantha's appetite has really decreased.  Even her favorite, milk, has to be coerced down into her belly.  She's still spitting up some.  Today, we headed back to the doctor.

Samantha has only gained .2 lbs in 3 months.  She's lost weight in the last 2 weeks. It's hard to tell exactly how much because one weight was done laying down completely naked and one (today) was done fully clothed, standing, with a jacket and tennis shoes.  They estimate nearly a pound.  An examination of her tummy revealed multiple patches of stool that are just not coming out.

She's going.  Some.  But, it's mostly diarrhea like.  Stinky and watery.  But, not anything of substance.

Samantha's on her last chance.  We're going to be doing adult doses of magnesium citrate today (once she gets up from her nap) and tomorrow.  We're going to continue the miralax for 2 weeks at a full dose before tapering off.  If she doesn't show improvement, we get to call her doctor and go in for an x-ray.  If things get a little better, she waits 2 weeks before her x-ray.  If there is still anything in there, she earns herself a referral to a pediatric gastroenterologists. 

Here's to hoping we have lots of full diapers over the next 2 days! 

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