Payson’s Gastroenterologist Follow Up Appointment

and how Brooklyn’s first day of school went.

Brooklyn’s first day of school happened to be the day Payson had a follow up appointment with his gastroenterologist. After we dropped her off at school we went home to get a snack, feed Ember, blog (haha) and have baths and we were off again.

I wasn’t expecting much out of the appointment. Payson’s tummy troubles have been confusing for all of his doctors. We get answers here and there, mostly through my trial and error with his diet at home, and pieces of the puzzle seem to fall into place. Then something unexpected happens and we’re all stumped.

(Let me add a warning before I go on: Payson has intestinal allergies; there will be much talk of bowel movements in this post.)

Payson was super excited to see his doctor. All of my kids love visiting the doctor (and getting shots, too! Weirdos!)

He was so adorable and looked so tiny when he was getting weighed and measured and having his blood pressure checked.

For the record he is 30 pounds even, 3’1″ and has low blood pressure. For Payson and all he’s been through these statistics made the doctor happy. He’s in the 25th-50th percentile (my smallest child! but is growing consistently)

The doctor asked me a bunch of questions and started the physical exam. When he was feeling Payson’s abdomen he told me that I might be surprised to hear this but that it felt like Payson was constipated. He could feel stool in his intestines. He had me feel Payson’s tummy as well but my gosh I couldn’t feel anything. I don’t know why but I can never feel anything doctors ask me to in abdomen exams! I’m like… uh, it feels like a belly and… uuuhhh… nope, I feel nothing to indicate anything… I can’t even tell what are intestines vs. anything else. lol

So anyway he had Payson get an x-ray right then and said he’d call back in the next hour or two with the results.

I went to Costco next and that’s when the doctor called back. He said he was shocked by the results based on Payson’s history… Payson had 2 1/2 feet of his intestines full of hard stool!

I had to get some laxatives and stool softeners and start him on a regimen that day. I’m still quite shocked about it because he’s had diarrhea and mushy stool for months and months. He poops consistently, daily, but I’ve heard before and the doctor told me as well that it just takes a little gap or hole for the softer stuff to squeeze through.

So my diarrhea boy is on adult strength laxatives. Crazy!

I have a lot of questions for the doctor and the doctor switched our 6 month follow up to two months from now. I can’t wait to get in and talk to him about everything. I’m curious to see how Payson’s bowel movements change or react during the next two months.

It’s all SO weird! I can’t figure this child of mine out. The doctor (very experienced, skilled gastroenterologist) is puzzled, too. It’s hard with Payson not being able to discuss his symptoms. To just go by diarrhea, that doesn’t always correspond with gluten intake, is difficult. And by not correlating I mean, every single time Payson gets gluten he gets bad diarrhea, but sometimes even with a “perfect” diet of whole foods he gets diarrhea, too.

So if anybody read that it might be boring but for my sake I had to write it down. On my public blog I was cutting back on detailed posts so as to not bore people but this is my personal blog and it feels amazing to be able to go on and on about things I want to be able to remember some day!

Payson getting his measurements:

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Sierra and Payson goofed off while waiting for the doctor.

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It’s been amazing having “only” the three little ones during the day. They are work for sure but not being argued with every second of the day is amazing. I feel like an entirely different person mentally.

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They laid down and I sang them a rock a bye baby song and Payson pretended to burp occasionally and I’d act surprised and he’d crack up. He’s been doing this since Ember was a newborn because back then I pretended to give him a bottle and rock him like a baby and then I burped him. He fixated on the burping thing and has loved this game ever since! lol

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Waiting for Payson’s turn in the x-ray room.

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Doesn’t he look so tiny? My baby!

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His little baby bones. He’s so tiny!

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We bought his laxatives at Costco and then went straight to Brooklyn’s school. I got there fifteen minutes early (well, 35 minutes early actually but I breastfed Ember in the car for a while) and they have the gate locked so we had to wait in the 105 degree heat! It suuuuuuucked!

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The principal finally opened the gate and we all shuffled in to go wait for our kids. I found a sorta shady spot and we sat for five minutes before the bell rang and…

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Brooklyn came out…

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And was happy to see us ๐Ÿ™‚

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I had wondered if she would tell me all about her school or if I’d have to ask her a bunch of questions.

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She walked right over, grinning.

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And started talking really fast telling me everything about her first* day!

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I held my camera off to the side as I listened to all the details.

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It was so fun hearing all about her experience. She’d had the best day ever and was super excited about it all.

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It was almost exactly like I’d thought the whole thing would go. The first day, the first pick up, her experience… none of it could have gone any better!

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Such a fantastic thing for our whole family.

To be able to have a break to regroup mentally to respond in a positive way to this girl’s energy is invaluable for both of us! lol

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And Sierra, she is having a really rough week. She was jealous, so jealous, of Brooklyn’s school preparation and then birthday! Oh boy has she felt left out! I wanted to do something special for her this week but getting ready for Texas** this weekend has taken up every bit of spare time!

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We’ll have her first week of school soon though! It’ll be awesome!

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*Brooklyn’s second day of school went just as well as her first day. She really, really, really loves school so far. Best decision of the year! ๐Ÿ™‚

**We’re leaving for Texas tomorrow for my brother-in-law’s wedding. We’ll get back Sunday night, I’ll start blogging again next week!

4 thoughts on “Payson’s Gastroenterologist Follow Up Appointment

  • That is SO crazy about Payson! I would have never thought something like that would happen considering his typical tummy troubles! I didn't find any of that boring at all, I am quite interested to find out what is causing all his issues! Poor thing! I can't imagine having to go through all of that! (You too!!) I'm sure this will be a fun week of runny poop! ๐Ÿ™

    So glad to hear Brooklyn loves school! I told Mia that B was going to public school this year and she said, “WHY?!” I told her she enjoys it and wanted to go and that it was best for her family this year. She said, “well…that's NOT me, ok Mom?!” lol! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maggie is going to be the one that is sad about not getting to go I think. We'll see how this year goes. I just take it one day at a time! You know how that is! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Brooklyn looks so excited in all those pics though! ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet it feels SO different to only have 3 with you during the day! Just having one child occupied somewhere makes things so much different and usually easier!

    I wish we could get together while you are in Texas!! So sad that it will be a rushed trip and we have photography work anyway. ๐Ÿ™ What a bummer! One of these days we will meet up though! It's a must!

    Sorry for the novel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • 2 1/2 feet?! How does that much of anything fit in his little body?! Poor baby, I pray it's all resolved soon or at least you get some answers.

    Safe travels to Texas! We made that trip (the opposite way) in Feb. and it was so fun. If you have time at all, I recommend stopping at White Sands Natl Monument. We picnic'd there for lunch and it was so neat. Like snow, only sand! Enjoy Texas, we really miss it!

  • I have so many comments for you but I am short on time. We are having comp problems so I am using a family members for a few mins. Back soon with all my comments. Just wanted to let you know I haven't gone anywhere or stopped reading. Praying for Payson and you while dealing with all that crazy tummy stuff.

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