Saturday, August 8, 2009

POOP!

For two weeks now, Averi has been pooping bright, red blood. When I called her pediatrician last week, he told me that it was most likely due to a dairy intolerance. He said to stop eating anything with milk in it and to give her a week to heal.
Of course, instead of slowly getting better, it got worse. By Wednesday she had bloody, orange liquid coming out of her tush that smelled horrific and she wouldn’t stop crying. (Gross, I know, but it gets even better.) Needless to say, we went to the doctor the next day.
Dr. Stevens, her pediatrician, tested the diapers I brought in, said that it was indeed blood, and that she has some sort of infection. He then handed me one pair of gloves, three popsicle sticks, 5 containers, and told me to fill them all with poop so that they could be tested for anything he could think of that could be the problem. Great, that sounds fun!
So we have spent the last two days scraping poop out of diapers and are not even halfway done. Have you ever tried to get diarrhea out of a diaper and into a cup? Diapers are much more absorbent than I thought.
I kid you not, we have resorted to: putting saran wrap in her diaper (it just stuck to itself), putting her diaper on inside out (no poop, just pee all over our bed), scraping her butt with the container just to get a few drops, scraping the changing table with a popsicle stick to get poop that came out while I was trying to salvage poop elsewhere, and even taping a bag to her back side in hopes that she will poop into the bag before peeing which makes the tape loose it’s stick.
Meanwhile, Averi still feels horrible and we still don’t know what is wrong.

Just because every post needs a pic. :)

In the midst of all that, we finally made it to the audiologist yesterday. After keeping a crying baby awake for too long, Averi slept wonderfully for the hour long tests. Her left ear passed wonderfully, which we already knew. Her right ear still isn’t picking up high and low frequencies as well as it should be. Hopefully this is due to the fluid that is behind her right eardrum. We will find out what needs to be done when we go to the ENT docs on the 31st. Fortunately, we already had an appointment to see them for her tracheal malacia.

9 comments:

Vanessa said...

Try sitting her in a big bowl for a while till she poops. Of course, she's so small, I doubt you'd have trouble finding one big enough. And, I wouldn't recommend reusing it in the kitchen. ;)

Lauren in GA said...

Oh, bless your heart, Tiffany and bless Averi's little tush. (I giggled when I read tush, by the way. That is such a funny little word ☺)

When Brian was born he had blood in his stool, too and they told us the same thing- a sensitivity to milk. We didn't have to scrape his diapers, though. You are my hero, Tiffany. You truly are. You are doing all of this with great hair to boot.

Melinda said...

Hope things are going better. Tiff, I second what Lauren said...you are my hero! You, Dan and Kaili and truly amazing people. I"m sending all my prayers, hugs and happy thoughts your way! Love ya!!

Glenn and Melanie said...

Wish I was there to scrap poop with you (maybe) :) Love ya
Mom

Amy said...

sorry, lurking, but have an idea... buy a cloth swim diaper. it will leak pee so put a disposable OVER it, the liner will hold in the poop and it will pour into what you need... just a thought, as that has happened to us, quiet by accident...

Soggy in Seattle said...

Aww, that sounds awful! Isn't it amazing the things we do for our kids! I mean, when you were in high school & someone had told you that you would be scraping poop, there's no way you would have believed it. Yet, here you are!!! You are an a amazing mommy - very devoted. I can't wait to hear what the results are, keep us all posted. Love you lots!

Tina said...

I don't know if you reread your old comments but I said that Sean's UTah cake doesn't count because you made it. We've got less than nine days here in Memphis. Call me when you have some time, last time doesn't count, it doesn't seem like it was long enough. Love you!!!

Keri said...

Only one pair of gloves? What's up with that? Are you sure you have to fill the containers the whole way? Maybe they just need a sample in each one. Good luck with all that. Poor baby. And Averi is probably pretty sad too.

The Fisher Family said...

Poor thing--as well as poor Mom and Dad. That is probably pretty scary. Is she any better by now.