Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Constipation Dr. visit #1

I guess I should go ahead and just apologize for the title. You see, I always said I wasn't going to be one of those parents that talked about poop, the consistency etc. that's just gross but doesn't God have a sense of humor!? He blessed me with 2 amazing children, 1 of which has trouble...well...pooping. So, it's always a big celebration around here when he goes and since it sometimes takes long sits in the bathroom for this to even happen, I just have a lot of stories that come from being in the bathroom so much. So for those of you that put up with my now frequent bathroom stories (mainly my co-workers and mainly Melissa) here's some more about...poop... I thought constipation was a better choice of words :)

Thanks for your prayers today. We really didn't get any answers at all today, it was a little frustrating. I guess I should have expected that for our initial visit with a specialist and figuring that they would want to rule things out as much as possible before they do anything too intrusive. It's kind of like going to the ER with stomach pains [pre-marriage] and they want to do a pregnancy test before anything else and you try to explain: only if I were THE Mother Mary could I possibly be pregnant (unfortunately the ER Dr. didn't get it but I thought it was one of my more cleaver moments). Ok, maybe you don't relate to that kind of experience. Basically, they want us to do the same thing we did when we first came home while we waited for this appointment. At the suggestion of the International Adoption Clinic we gave Malakai Miralax (stool softener) daily, did an Enema and a couple suppositories. It seems like all of that should do the trick. If you don't know, a suppository should help you go within 15 minutes- 1 hour. Malakai would go approximately 24 hours after receiving such assistance. The Enema, well, let's just say it didn't work. The Miralax softened to the point of he had no control and we constantly had little surprises, not to mention his stomach would make the most horribly loud sounds and he was so cranky and miserable. We were on this regimen for about 3 weeks before I just couldn't handle how miserable he was and stopped giving it to him, after all, nothing was changing.

At our appointment today, they told us they want him to go back on Miralax daily and do an Enema 3 days in a row (instead of our sporadic doses). We reminded them we've already done the Miralax thing and it just wasn't working but they insisted adding the enema 3 days in a row is their go-to and often gets kids on a regular schedule, no further testing needed (I'm not so convinced this is going to work). They also went ahead and scheduled an appointment for us for Oct. 14 for a Barium Enema where radiology will be able to watch the "process" and see more of what's happening or rather not happening. We wish they could have gone ahead and done that test today, it's frustrating to pay a co-pay, take time off work, sit in a waiting room for an hour, in the room for another hour and feel like you got nothing out of it (except for a rectal exam).

Malakai did great, there were obviously some tears at a key moment in the appointment. Once it was over I had to run both kids over to our pediatricians office to check out the TB skin test they had done on Monday. Poor kids were exhausted as they missed nap time. They fell asleep in the car and boy they were not happy to wake up and see that they were back at the Dr.'s office where they got so many shots!
I dragged them both in the door, they were much happier after they realized they only had to show the nurse their arms at the front window. They both got the all clear and we got back in the car to head home. After the week they've had, all the poking that's happened, they definitely deserved some ice cream and play time outside.

I forgot to give the enema before bedtime tonight so we ended the day with one happy boy (did I mention he pooped at the Dr. office today so he's was feeling better too!), probably won't be so happy tomorrow night if you know what I mean! 


  1. thanks for sharing your adventures with us. It sounds like you have had your hands full and also that you are proving yourself more than capable. i know this is not a funny subject but i do love your sense of humor in dealing with all the issues coming up. you are a great mom! lov/aunt gail

  2. Hey Danielle & Wes!!! Oh my goodness, I had no idea yall had adopted precious twins!!! I got on Chris' facebook tonight and saw Wes' picture of your little monkey & giraffe. I was sooo excited to see his title saying 'we have the cutest kids!' How amazing how God worked!! When it's His plan - nothing can stop it! I can't wait to watch them grow via your blog! And I will be praying about Malakai's constipation. Yes, poop talk is part of being a parent! hahaha! We have one who has struggled with constipation, and oh it just breaks your heart. Can't wait to see more and hear more! You are perfectly chosen for these sweet little ones! Love you both!