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Oh Poo! – a TMI type of post

30 Dec

Please be warned, there will be fecal talk in this post.  If you are eating…well…maybe you should go play on Facebook for a while.  But in the spirit of “this is my real life”, I bring you this post.  Forgive me.

So to update everyone on what happened after we spent 7 hours seeing doctors a week ago…to find out Maura’s boo boo tummy was due to too much poop in her system, here’s what happened.

Josh took the prescription to the pharmacist.  Except it wasn’t really a prescription, but “Get this OTC medicine.”  Dulcolax.  In tiny pill form.  Take two, don’t chew them.

Riiiiiiiiight.

Sunday night, we gave her the  medication.  Maura chewed up the first pill, and kind of chewed up the second.  We also gave her ice cream to try to lure her into eating.  Turns out milk products cause Dulcolax not to work.  I should really read the inserts more carefully.  I usually do.  I blame it all on lack of sleep and too much stress.

We waited the next day, for effects that were not to be.  We thought “Well, they did say the poop was higher up in the colon, and she hasn’t really eaten much, so maybe that’s why we’re not seeing anything.”

Monday might, she chews up the first pill again while I’m using a syringe to shoot Sprite into her mouth.  We got the second pill down with almost no chewing.  We’re still unaware of the milk counter-effect, and I had literally shoved yogurt into her face in order to get some food in her.  I thought “Yogurt, she loves it.  It’s good for tummies.  It’s got protein.”  Turns out not a great choice.

Tuesday rolls around. Nothing happens. At this point, we’re viewing Maura as a ticking time bomb.  She’s barely eating, which is an improvement from not eating at all.  We have Christmas, she’s enjoying every present and Christmas movie.  She’s in a great mood.

But still, no poop.

So Tuesday night, we give her two more Dulcolax pills.  (We were told to do it at least 3 days, 5 if needed.)

I’m now reading the entire insert, to see if there’s a warning about what to do if nothing happens.  Because we’re eyeing this child as if she’s a ticking time bomb, that will explode at any moment.  tick. tock. tick. tock.

This is when I discover the thing about “no milk products” an hour before/after taking Dulcolax.  Which would have been good to know.  It doesn’t say what to do if nothing happens, so I go online, where I read a page of horror stories which included phrases like “I thought I was going to die” and other such uplifting stories for my state of mind.  I’m now imagining Maura writhing in pain from all the Dulcolax we’ve given her (she was fine.)

I also read there was a liquid version.

A liquid version.

A LIQUID VERSION.

That would have been good to know sooner.

So we obtained the liquid version on Wednesday.  Poured the dosage into her before bed.

On Thursday, we started seeing results.

Result #1 – normal poop.

An hour later, result #2 came along – which was slightly more what we expected.  I changed her diaper, and went to turn on a movie for her when she got this “Oh no” look on her face.  Result #3 required carpet cleaning thanks to diaper failure.  We were all now traumatized.  Even the dogs were all “What the heck?”

We toyed with giving her one  more dose that night, but by the time bedtime came around, Maura was all “My tummy” and looking pale.  So I didn’t give her another dose of Dulcolax.

Which in retrospect, was a good thing.  Because on Friday, pure evil came out her backside.  It was just…yeah…wow…

Let’s just put it this way – she lost four pounds between Saturday and Thursday.  The colon was pretty dang clean by now.

Now she’s all perky and herself again, eating well, slightly addicted to Sprite, her stomach flatter than I’ve seen it in a long time.

Here’s to keeping her colon happy and clear from now on.

And that is how I spent MY Christmas vacation.

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9 Responses to “Oh Poo! – a TMI type of post”

  1. jackieo December 30, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Poor Maura and poor you. Poop is always a topic of conversation in my house….has she gone enough/not enough. Another thing for us to always worry about. I am glad she is “cleaned” out and eating again. Does Maura like prunes or raisins? One of the food items we use to keep her regular. We also eat alot of pairs/apples for fiber. Do they sell Miralx in Ireland? Another item we keep on hand for those times we need extra help. Good luck to you all and Happy New Year! So enjoy your blog!

  2. nanciw December 30, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Oh, yes, Miralax is your friend, lol! It can be camouflaged in anything easily because it dissolves super easy and has no taste. I’m sorry she was miserable for so long, but at least your Christmas wasn’t crappy. 😉

    Happy New Year!

  3. Nancy S December 30, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Thanks for making me smile. What a patient girl she is, and you, too!

  4. Candes December 30, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Oh! Poor Holmeses! 😦 I know the poop issue all too well. I take care of my stroke affected mother and too many times she’s chosen to eat something with long-chain egg proteins, which is something she should never have under any circumstance. The last time she made that decision I found out while driving her to a doctor’s appointment. A high pressure hose was required to clean out my van…

  5. phxross December 30, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    WOW. What an experience. In US Dulcolax usually comes in 1 of 2 versions. One is just a stool softener and one is a laxative and stool softener together. Last year after knee replacement and a week in hosp (at 45) I was on tons of pain meds and full up too 🙂 . I sent hubby to getjust the softener version. 3 days later in agony realized he bought the lax & softener AND I was already taking Senna (lax) Can you do anything to keep her from getting “stopped up”

  6. erinrindahl December 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Been there…. I relate to the worry of the unknown explosion… Merry chistmas

  7. Neva December 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    do you have miralax (polyethylene glycol) there? We use it daily for our daughter to prevent this kind of thing – even double it sometimes if no poop for 2 days. It’s a powder that dissolves in liquid and has no taste. Easy and works great. Good luck!

  8. Marianne Trana December 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    God love you!!!!!!!

  9. phoebz4 December 31, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    to those who asked –

    Yes, we’re on the Irish version of Miralax – it’s called Movical (we refer to it as Move-it-all) which we mix in either watered-down apple juice or Ribena. We sneak ground up flax seed in her Nutella sandwich every day for lunch. She does eat lots of fruit (she can eat a whole container of grapes on her own.) Oh, and she always gets a citrus fruit with lunch, as VIt. C is supposed to help keep things moving.

    The problem is that she has low muscle tone, so things are naturally sluggish, and her seizure med has a side effect of constipation. On their own, they’re a minor issue. Together they make things more interesting.

    All that would be enough – but then a while ago, she had a very painful poop. And decided afterwards that she didn’t care for pooping. So would try to hold it whenever possible. It’s very hard to explain to people that no, she just doesn’t like to poop.

    Ironically, we seemed to have finally overcome that issue when this happened. I’m hoping and praying this doesn’t set us back again!

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