Friday, July 13, 2012

Wrappin' up the week & Poop Talk

Pretty boring week here in the Cheatwood house.

One rainy day, Clinton jumped in the back of the car with Em, so he didn't have get soaked while buckling her.

On the way home, they jammed out to "Loser Like Me", which Emma LOVES! 

Check out her L!

And this is Clinton telling me to quit taking pictures and pay attention to my driving!

Yesterday (Thursday), we spent the day in Dallas. Em had another doctor appointment at Children's Hospital, dealing with her poop issues.

Here's a quick update (since I just realized I haven't written anything about it since that first post :/ I'm a very diligent blogger, ha! ) Skip this part if you are uncomfortable with poop talk!

Since that visit with Em's pediatrician, I convinced him it was time to see a specialist. We've been going to a pediatric gastroenterologist at Children's Hospital. First visit, we were given a new POA with some different meds and took x-rays & labs. We struggled with the new medicine (over the counter chocolate Ex-Lax- adult strength) because Em REFUSED to eat it. Eventually, we got her going pretty regularly with Benefiber.

Several weeks after her appointment, I got a call from the dr. office that said her labs for Celiac disease came back "indeterminate". So back to Children's we went. Obviously, Em was not happy getting poked again.

That was about 5 weeks ago (this is dragging out people). Since then, Em has become 95% potty trained. AND has started holding her poop again. She's going, but it might be 2, 3, 4, 5 days in between. To say, she struggles to get it out when she actually goes, would be an understatement. I'm talking ADULT sized! Or even bigger than that!

Anyway, we went back yesterday for a recheck, to get final results, and to discuss this latest issue. The doctor says that the Benefiber is both helping and hurting her. Hurting her by "bulking up" the poop. We are to reduce the Benefiber amount (a lot) and give her Miralax on the 2nd day she doesn't "go" and try to get down a good routine that works.  And she said that she is still backed up in the top part of her colon. So that means we get to do a 3 day "clean out"...meaning give her meds that will cause her to go and go until she's empty. (I'm just gonna let y'all imagine how much fun that is!) 

All that I can handle. But then she said that she did not have any results for us on the Celiac test. Apparently, its a 2-part blood test and the 2nd part got lost, wasn't done, had bad blood, who knows. She didn't know WHY she didn't get the results. We were all pretty upset & confused about this part (including the doctor). I had PROMISED Emma that she wouldn't have to get a "shot" this time. I shouldn't have. We were given two options- do more blood work, or go ahead a schedule an EGD (which she will have to have if the labs come back positive, anyway). Of course, we didn't want her to have to have the EGD if its unnecessary, so back to the lab we went. Em knew what was about to happen, and let us know very loudly how unhappy she was about it. It. Was. Awful. I ugly cried. Right there in the lab. My poor baby.

So we are still waiting for results. Ugh. Enough about that! The day wasn't all bad though!

Em loved Bass Pro Shop! 

Um... yuck! Why must she "love" on everything??
And as a special treat, a quick visit to the American Girl store.

Even though we swore she wasn't getting one... She did. Nana's will do that to you!

That wasn't all of Nana's spoiling either. Here is Em at home with just some of her loot.

And to wrap this up! Here is Em "washing dishes" today, a great way to keep her occupied while I work!

Oh! I almost forgot! Em entertained us while we were waiting for the doctor!

Have a great weekend!


  1. We also had a "poop" issue with our Emma when she was about 2. The kid would never go and when she did it looked like an adult had been there. Thankfully we got everything straightened out! I hope you do as well =)

  2. Oh no, I hope the poop issue isn't for all Emma's! Emma is a pretty pro pooper right now (I can't believe I just put that!)
    Sorry for the struggles, and I hope you get good results from the blood work and everything gets worked out soon.