When Little Man was 4 months old, he had a very bad case of constipation. Because his sisters both had issues with constipation, especially Curly, I wasn’t terribly concerned at first. But when it went on for more than 2 weeks, I was concerned and mentioned it to his doctor at his well checkup.
We had just introduced some rice cereal into his diet and attributed some of his issues to that. But when he began showing more serious symptoms after getting his immunizations and developing a fever, we ended up at a children’s hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
After a very long weekend of some very invasive and disturbing examinations, we were sent home without answers. The tests were somewhat inconclusive. We did discover that Little Man is a carrier for cystic fibrosis, but the doctor was leaning towards Hirschprung’s.
You can find out what Hirschprung’s disease is in this post.
When the biopsy was done, and he was diagnosed with Hirschprung’s, we were actually relieved. It was something that could be addressed and taken care of in a surgery.
The surgical procedure was a “pull-through.” The last 20% of Little Man’s colon was removed and the remaining healthy tissue was “pulled through” his abdomen and joined to the base of his colon. He was in the hospital for a few days post-op and we were blessed to have the opportunity to have a room at the local Ronald McDonald house which was really wonderful for our rest. He had an amazing recovery and has continued to do well to this day.
The last 20% of the colon is sorta the storage unit for your body’s waste, where the moisture is drawn out of the waste and then eliminated from the body. Because LM does not have this portion of his colon, it is unusual for him to have constipation, let alone hard stools. That can make for some very interesting and smelly diapers, but now that we are moving into potty training, that will change. Thankfully, he is a vegetable eater! He does really great with veggies and trying new veggies. Since we have switched over almost entirely to lactose-free milk or almond milk, the risk of constipation is very low for him. Keeping his system healthy is important, and it helps us keep the girls healthier.
Until last week, I had never ever heard of Hirschprung’s disease. After checking online for “ileus vs. bowel obstruction” (which were the original diagnoses considered), I started seeing it in the search results, but didn’t read anything in depth until a surgeon mentioned Hirschprung’s disease later.
Hirschprung’s disease is when the ganglion nerve cells inside the colon are missing, preventing the mobility of the colon’s muscles to move waste out of the body. Basically, it affects the colon from the end into the body. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is more common in males, it can be genetic (and with our girls’ histories of constipation, I’m wondering if they haven’t had it to some degree, too!), and is associated with other medical conditions.
Continue reading “What is Hirschprung’s Disease?”
Yeah – I know. I just wrote about this topic recently – reminiscing about a Walmart bathroom incident when Curly was little. Didn’t realize just how much the “poop theme” would continue in this mom’s life…
Little Man has spent a few nights in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. After a dr visit Thursday – we were referred to a local ER, but after several hours there, we were sent to Columbus – more than an hour away from home. Little Man is constipated. So constipated in fact that multiple suppositories & enemas did NOTHING to help. After his well visit Tuesday last week, and routine vaccinations, the dr and I discussed his constipation – and I was to call her by Friday if nothing had happened.
Continue reading “In a Mom’s Life: Poop Happens”
So being a Mommy Blogger, much of the content of my blog stems – on some level – from just being a mom. My experiences, my feelings, my struggles, my victories – I process many of these things here – and because of it am learning to explore and embrace Motherhood in a way I never expected.
I try not to brag TOO terribly much about my girls. Of course, I have every right – just saving it all for my book… Continue reading “Wisdom of a 4-year old”
Did you happen to read “The Best of” post last Friday? Did you happen to notice a running theme?
I’m a mom. Not only do I deal with my own bodily functions, but I’ve also been given the responsibility of dealing with others’ too.
It’s something I get to deal with even though I was NOT given a full description or details of what the job entails.
And it just so happens on Friday that I found myself – once again – up to my elbows in the contents of Georgie’s pull-up. At Target. Continue reading “The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.”