Yesterday Ben had an appointment with Primary Children's gastroenterologist Dr. Pohl.
I made this appointment about 6 weeks ago.
I've been a little nervous for this appointment for the last 6 weeks.
Ever since Ben was about a month old he stopped having bowel movements. He NEVER went. Literally, never. After talking with the pediatrician, we tried everything - suppositories, prune juice, rectal thermometers, apple juice, and even a little baby massage.
For the last 3 months I have been using a rectal thermometer to make Ben go to the bathroom. I have literally watched and caused every bowel movement Ben has had in the last 3 months. Great job, I know. :)
So, yesterday was a much anticipated day. I was a little nervous though. It does seem like somewhat of a big deal to never go to the bathroom. Dr. Pohl was WONDERFUL! After an exam Ben was sent to get an x-ray. The poor little guy had to also get an enema during the x-ray. He did SO well. He didn't cry at all. It was so sad to see my tiny little baby on the x-ray table.
Luckily, his anatomy looks perfect. I was SO relieved. So, he is now on a HEAVY, HEAVY dose of prescription stool softener. It is a thick syrup that he totally hates, but hopefully it helps.
After having the enema and his new medicine yesterday, he went nuts. He has never had a blowout in his life - obviously, if he isn't going to the bathroom. Yesterday was a different story. He had to have multiple wardrobe changes. He went through
But FIVE outfits!!
I was shocked! I was so unprepared for that because it is so not like him.
In addition to the stool softener, Ben was showing symptoms of cow's milk allergy. Apparently when you are breastfeeding cow's milk has some protein that stays in breastmilk and can cause some problems for the baby. So, I am no longer allowed to have any cow's milk of any kind. No dairy at all.
At first it didn't sound too difficult, but I don't think I realized how much food is prepared with butter! I didn't think I ate much butter, but it seems that so much has butter in it. So, no milk, butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, chocolate :(, no dairy period.
I am pretty sure Dr. Pohl put me on a diet! :) Which, I think, is pretty sweet - doctor's orders not to eat fattening foods. Talk about a motivator.
Hopefully Ben will be cured soon. His doctor said that he would most likely be on the stool softener until he was at least 1. But, if that and a milk allergy is all this little problem is, I'll take it.
He's a dream boat!